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Add All-Flash support to vSAN 6.0/6.1/6.2 STANDARD licenses (2148560)

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Symptoms

vSAN STANDARD (STD) customers want to add all-flash support to a vSAN 6.0, 6.1, or 6.2 environment. Prior to vSAN 6.5, all-flash support was only available with vSAN ADVANCED(ADV) and ENTERPRISE(ENT) editions.  

Summary of symptoms and situation:
  • Existing STD license that does not support all-flash hardware in vSAN 6.0, 6.1, or 6.2
  • Want to deploy vSAN STD license on all-flash hardware with vSAN 6.0, 6.1, or 6.2

Purpose

Convert vSAN STD license to a new vSAN STD with All-Flash license.

Cause

Prior to vSAN 6.5, vSAN all-flash configurations were only supported by the vSAN ADV and vSAN ENT editions. With vSAN 6.5 that requirement changed, and now all vSAN editions—including STD, ADV and ENT—support all-flash hardware configurations. Note that the deduplicaiton, compression and erasure coding features remain available with ADV and ENT editions only. 

Existing vSAN STD customers can take advantage of this change by converting their existing STD license keys to those that have all-flash support enabled. 

Resolution

Customers with vSAN 6.0/ 6.1/6.2 STD can add all-flash support to their licenses by converting their licenses to a “vSAN 6 with All Flash Add-on” license. You can convert your license through the license “downgrade” process in the MyVMware portal. 

Note: while the process is described as a license “downgrade”, the version of vSAN being used will not change. The process will simply convert existing vSAN STD licenses to a key that includes support for all-flash hardware in vSAN 6.0, 6.1, and 6.2. 

Please follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to and login in to your MyVMware portal at www.myvmware.com. 
  2. Locate the page with your licenses, and then select the license to convert. Once selected, click “Downgrade License Keys” from the drop down menu.
  3. Two downgrade options will be displayed in another drop down menu. Select “Virtual SAN 6 with All Flash Add-on” to convert your existing vSAN STD licenses to a STD version that includes the all-flash add-on.

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