Enabling Virtual SAN automatically configures and registers a storage provider for each host in the Virtual SAN cluster.
Virtual SAN storage providers are built-in software components that communicate datastore capabilities to vCenter Server. A storage capability is typically represented by a key-value pair, where the key is a specific property offered by the datastore. The value is a number or range that the datastore can provide for a provisioned object, such as a virtual machine home namespace object or a virtual disk. You can also use tags to create user-defined storage capabilities and reference them when defining a storage policy for a virtual machine. For information about how to apply and use tags with datastores, see the vSphere Storage documentation.
The Virtual SAN storage providers report a set of underlying storage capabilities to vCenter Server. They also communicate with the Virtual SAN layer to report the storage requirements of the virtual machines. For more information about storage providers, see the vSphere Storage documentation.
Virtual SAN registers a separate storage provider for each host in the Virtual SAN cluster, using the following URL:
where host_ip is the actual IP of the host.
Verify that the storage providers are registered.
- Browse to vCenter Server in the vSphere Web Client navigator.
- Click the Configure tab, and click Storage Providers.