You can enable vSAN when you create a cluster.


  1. Right-click a data center 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 vSAN Turn ON check box and click OK.

    The cluster appears in the inventory.

  4. Add hosts to the vSAN cluster. See Add a Host to the vSAN Cluster.

    vSAN clusters can include hosts with or without capacity devices. For best results, add hosts with capacity.


Enabling vSAN creates a vSAN datastore and registers the vSAN storage provider. vSAN storage providers are built-in software components that communicate the storage capabilities of the datastore to vCenter Server.

What to do next

Verify that the vSAN datastore has been created. See View vSAN Datastore.

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

Claim the storage devices or create disk groups. See Device Management in a vSAN Cluster.

Configure the vSAN cluster. See Configure a Cluster for vSAN.