To work with Virtual Volumes, you must make sure that your storage and vSphere environment are set up correctly.

Follow these guidelines to prepare your storage system environment for Virtual Volumes. For additional information, contact your storage vendor.

  • The storage system or storage array that you use must be able to support Virtual Volumes and integrate with vSphere through vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA).

  • A Virtual Volumes storage provider must be deployed.

  • Protocol endpoints, storage containers, and storage profiles must be configured on the storage side.

Prepare your vSphere environment.

  • Make sure to follow appropriate setup guidelines for the type of storage you use, Fibre Channel, FCoE, iSCSI, or NFS. If required, install and configure storage adapters on your ESXi hosts.

    If you use iSCSI, activate the software iSCSI adapters on your ESXi hosts. Configure Dynamic Discovery and enter the IP address of your Virtual Volumes storage system.

  • Synchronize all components in the storage array with vCenter Server and all ESXi hosts. Use Network Time Protocol (NTP) to do this synchronization.