When you have multiple hosts in the Virtual SAN cluster, you can reuse the profile of an existing Virtual SAN host and apply its profile settings to the rest of the hosts in the Virtual SAN cluster.

Before you begin

About this task

The host profile includes information about storage configuration, network configuration, and other characteristics of the host. Typically, if you are planning to create a cluster with a large number of hosts, such as 8, 16, 32, or 64 hosts, use the host profile feature to add more than one host at a time to the Virtual SAN cluster.

Procedure

  1. Create a host profile.
    1. Navigate to the Host Profiles view.
    2. Click the Extract Profile from a Host icon ().
    3. Select the host that you intend to use as the reference host and click Next.

      The selected host must be an active host.

    4. Type a name and description for the new profile and click Next.
    5. Review the summary information for the new host profile and click Finish.

      The new profile appears in the Host Profiles list.

  2. Attach the host to the intended host profile.
    1. From the Profile list in the Host Profiles view, select the host profile to be applied to the Virtual SAN host.
    2. Click the Attach/Detach Hosts and clusters to a host profile icon ().
    3. Select the host from the expanded list and click Attach to attach the host to the profile.

      The host is added to the Attached Entities list.

    4. Click Next.
    5. Click Finish to complete the attachment of the host to the profile.
  3. Detach the referenced Virtual SAN host from the host profile.

    When a host profile is attached to a cluster, the host or hosts within that cluster are also attached to the host profile. However, when the host profile is detached from the cluster, the association between the host or hosts in the cluster and that of the host profile remains intact.

    1. From the Profile List in the Host Profiles view, select the host profile to be detached from a host or cluster.
    2. Click the Attach/Detach Hosts and clusters to a host profile icon ().
    3. Select the host or cluster from the expanded list and click Detach.
    4. Click Detach All to detach all the listed hosts and clusters from the profile.
    5. Click Next.
    6. Click Finish to complete the detachment of the host from the host profile.
  4. Verify the compliance of the Virtual SAN host to its attached host profile and determine if any configuration parameters on the host are different from those specified in the host profile.
    1. Navigate to a host profile.

      The Objects tab lists all host profiles, the number of hosts attached to that host profile, and the summarized results of the last compliance check.

    2. Click the Check Host Profile Compliance icon ().

      To view specific details about which parameters differ between the host that failed compliance and the host profile, click the Monitor tab and select the Compliance view. Expand the object hierarchy and select the non-compliant host. The parameters that differ are displayed in the Compliance window, below the hierarchy.

      If compliance fails, use the Remediate action to apply the host profile settings to the host. This action changes all host profile-managed parameters to the values that are contained in the host profile attached to the host.

    3. To view specific details about which parameters differ between the host that failed compliance and the host profile, click the Monitor tab and select the Compliance view.
    4. Expand the object hierarchy and select the failing host.

      The parameters that differ are displayed in the Compliance window, below the hierarchy.

  5. Remediate the host to fix compliance errors on the host.
    1. Select the Monitor tab and click Compliance.
    2. Right-click the host or hosts to remediate and select All vCenter Actions > Host Profiles > Remediate.

      You can update or change the user input parameters for the host profiles policies by customizing the host.

    3. Click Next.
    4. Review the tasks that are necessary to remediate the host profile and click Finish.

    The host is part of the Virtual SAN cluster and its resources are accessible to the Virtual SAN cluster. The host can also access all existing Virtual SAN storage I/O policies in the Virtual SAN cluster.