You can enable Virtual SAN when you create a cluster.


  1. Right-click a datacenter in the vSphere Web Client and select New Cluster.
  2. Type a name for the cluster in the Name text box.
    This name appears in the vSphere Web Client navigator.
  3. Select the Virtual SAN Turn ON check box.
  4. Select the mode for storage disks to be claimed and click OK.
    Option Description
    Automatic Claims all empty disks on the included hosts for Virtual SAN. Virtual SAN in automatic mode claims only local disks on the ESXi hosts in the cluster. You can add any remote non-shared disks manually.
    Manual Requires manual claiming of the disks on the included hosts. New disks on the host are not added to Virtual SAN. With the manual mode, two methods of organizing disks into disk groups exist, semi-automatic and manual.
    Note: When you use this mode, a Virtual SAN datastore is created, but its initial size is 0 bytes. The datastore remains unusable until you manually claim disks.
  5. Add hosts to the Virtual SAN cluster.
    Virtual SAN clusters can include hosts with disks and hosts without disks.


The cluster appears in the inventory.

What to do next

Verify that the Virtual SAN datastore has been created. See View Virtual SAN Datastore.

Verify that the Virtual SAN storage provider is registered. See View Virtual SAN Storage Providers.

If you use manual mode for Virtual SAN, claim disks or create disk groups. See Managing Disk Groups.