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vSAN Health Service - Cluster - Disk format version (2146135)

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This article explains the Cluster - Disk format version check in the vSAN Health Service and provides details about why it might report an error.


Q: What does the Cluster Health - Disk format version test do?

This test verifies the disk format version of all vSAN disks currently in use, and ensures that all vSAN disks use the highest disk format version that the host supports.

Q: What does it mean when it is in an error state?

If this check returns a warning, it means that the disk format version of one or more vSAN disks are compatible, but out of date. The following software configurations are allowed, but they do not support the latest vSAN features.

  • Hosts are running vSAN 6.1, and in-use vSAN disks have disk format v1.0 (this configuration does not support vSAN sparse and optimized snapshots).
  • Hosts are running vSAN 6.2, and in-use disks have disk format v1.0 or v2.0 (this configuration does not support deduplication and compression, or RAID 5/6 fault tolerance).
To get full support of the latest vSAN features, on-disk upgrade is recommended.

If this check returns an error, it means the disk format version of one or more vSAN disks have a disk format version that is out of date and is not compatible with other vSAN disks. The error case is disks that have on-disk format v2.0 mixed with disks that have on-disk format v3.0. vSAN cannot balance data across the disks, which can lead to problems creating or powering on VMs, performance degradation, EMM failures, and so on. This configuration must be fixed immediately.

Q: How does one troubleshoot and fix the error state?

If the result of this check is a warning, it is recommended that you upgrade the on-disk format. If the result is an error, the following message is displayed: v2.0 disk cannot work with v3.0 disk, on-disk format upgrade is required.

For both cases, a vSAN on-disk format upgrade is required to fix the issue. Click the On-disk Format Upgrade button on the vSphere Web Client (Manage > Settings > Virtual SAN > General).

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