Updated on: 31 October 2018
VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1 | 16 OCT 2018 | ISO Build 10302608
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vSAN 6.7 Update 1 introduces the following new features and enhancements:
Guided cluster creation and extension. vSAN 6.7 Update 1 introduces a Quickstart wizard in the vSphere Client. The Quickstart workflow guides the user through the deployment process for vSAN and non-vSAN clusters. It covers every aspect of the initial configuration, such as host, network, and vSphere settings. Quickstart also plays a part in the ongoing expansion of a vSAN cluster by allowing a user to add additional hosts to the cluster.
HBA firmware update through VUM. Storage I/O controller firmware for vSAN hosts is now included as part of the vSphere Update Manager remediation workflow. This functionality was previously provided in a vSAN utility called Configuration Assist. VUM also supports custom ISOs that are provided by certain OEM vendors and vCenter Servers that do not have internet connectivity.
Maintenance mode enhancements. vSAN now performs a simulation of data evacuation to determine if the operation will succeed or fail before it starts. If the evacuation will fail, vSAN halts the operation before any resynchronization activity begins. In addition, the vSphere Client enables you to modify the component repair delay timer, so you can adjust this setting.
Historical and usable capacity reporting. vSAN 6.7 Update 1 introduces a historical capacity dashboard that reports on capacity usage over a period of time, including historical changes to the deduplication ratio. This release also includes a usable capacity estimator, which enables you to see the usable datastore capacity based on a selected storage policy.
TRIM/UNMAP for storage efficiency. vSAN 6.7 Update 1 now has full awareness of TRIM/UNMAP commands sent from the Guest OS, and reclaims previously allocated blocks as free space within the underlying vSAN objects. TRIM/UNMAP can be configured in automatic or offline mode, which is set within the Guest OS.
Mixed MTU for witness traffic separation. vSAN now supports different MTU settings for the witness traffic VMkernel interface and the vSAN data network VMkernel interface. This capability provides increased network flexibility for stretched clusters and 2-node clusters that utilize witness traffic separation.
Health check enhancements. Storage controller firmware health check now supports multiple approved firmware levels to provide additional flexibility. You can silence health checks from the UI. You can purge inaccessible swap objects that are no longer needed. The All hosts have matching subnets health check has been deprecated.
Unicast network performance test. A new proactive network performance test, based on Unicast, determines if all hosts in the cluster have proper connectivity and meet bandwidth recommendations.
vRealize Operations enhancements within vCenter Server. Native vROps dashboards built into vCenter Server can display intelligence for vSAN stretched clusters. Additionally, the deployment process now supports virtual distributed switches and full compatibility with vROps 7.0.
In-product support diagnostics. vSAN 6.7 Update 1 introduces product diagnostics to assist VMware Global Support in resolving customer cases more quickly. Specialized performance dashboards in vCenter Server, and an on-demand network diagnostic test, reduce the need to generate and upload support bundles to GSS, speeding time to resolution of support cases. In addition, health check history is stored in a log file to aid support personnel.
Advanced settings. The vSphere Client provides an Advanced settings dialog box (Configure > vSAN > Services > Advanced Options). You can adjust the component repair delay timer. You also can enable/disable thin swap files, site read locality and large cluster support.
VMware vSAN Community
Use the vSAN Community Web site to provide feedback and request assistance with any problems you find while using vSAN.
Upgrades for This Release
For instructions about upgrading vSAN, see the VMware vSAN 6.7 documentation.
vSAN 6.7 Update 1 is a new release that requires a full upgrade to vSphere 6.7 Update 1. Perform the following tasks to complete the upgrade:
1. Upgrade to vCenter Server 6.7 Update 1. For more information, see the VMware vSphere 6.7 Release Notes.
2. Upgrade hosts to ESXi 6.7 Update 1. For more information, see the VMware vSphere 6.7 Release Notes.
3. Upgrade the vSAN on-disk format to version 7.0. If upgrading from on-disk format version 5.0 or later, no data evacuation is required (metadata update only).
Upgrading the On-disk Format for Hosts with Limited Capacity
During an upgrade of the vSAN on-disk format, a disk group evacuation is performed. The disk group is removed and upgraded to on-disk format version 7.0, and the disk group is added back to the cluster. For two-node or three-node clusters, or clusters without enough capacity to evacuate each disk group, select Allow Reduced Redundancy from the vSphere Client. You also can use the following RVC command to upgrade the on-disk format: vsan.ondisk_upgrade --allow-reduced-redundancy
When you allow reduced redundancy, your VMs are unprotected for the duration of the upgrade, because this method does not evacuate data to the other hosts in the cluster. It removes each disk group, upgrades the on-disk format, and adds the disk group back to the cluster. All objects remain available, but with reduced redundancy.
If you enable deduplication and compression during the upgrade to vSAN 6.7, you can select Allow Reduced Redundancy from the vSphere Client.
Verifying Health Check Failures During Upgrade
During upgrades of the vSAN on-disk format, the Physical Disk Health – Metadata Health check can fail intermittently. These failures can occur if the destaging process is slow, most likely because vSAN must allocate physical blocks on the storage devices. Before you take action, verify the status of this health check after the period of high activity, such as multiple virtual machine deployments, is complete. If the health check is still red, the warning is valid. If the health check is green, you can ignore the previous warning. For more information, see Knowledge Base article 2108690.
In vSAN 6.7 Update 1, Configuration Assist and Updates are available only in the Flex-based vSphere Web Client.
For information about maximum configuration limits for the vSAN 6.7 release, see the Configuration Maximums documentation.
- Placing a host in maintenance mode times out
If a vSAN cluster is resynchronizing a large number of objects, placing a host in maintenance mode might fail with a timeout. This problem can occur when you use one of the following data evacuation modes: Ensure data accessibility from other hosts or Evacuate all data to other hosts.
Workaround: Wait for cluster resynchronization to complete, and then place the host into maintenance mode.
- When rebalancing disks, the amount of data to move displayed by vSAN health service does not match the amount displayed by RVC
RVC performs a rough calculation to determine the amount of data to move when rebalancing disks. The value displayed by the vSAN health service is more accurate.
When rebalancing disks, refer to the vSAN health service to check the amount of data to move.
- TRIM/UNMAP commands from Guest OS fail
If the Guest OS attempts to perform space reclamation during online snapshot consolidation, the TRIM/UNMAP commands fail. This failure keeps space from being reclaimed.
Workaround: Try to reclaim the space after the online snapshot operation is complete. If subsequent TRIM/UNMAP operations fail, remount the disk.
- Space reclamation from SCSI TRIM/UNMAP is lost when online snapshot consolidation is performed
Space reclamation achieved from SCSI TRIM/UNMAP commands is lost when you perform online snapshot consolidation. Offline snapshot consolidation does not affect SCSI unmap operation.
Workaround: Reclaim the space after online snapshot consolidation is complete.
- Host failure when converting data host into witness host
When you convert a vSAN cluster into a stretched cluster, you must provide a witness host. You can convert a data host into the witness host, but you must use maintenance mode with Full data migration during the process. If you place the host into maintenance mode with Ensure accessibility option, and then configure it as the witness host, the host might fail with a purple diagnostic screen.
Workaround: Remove the disk group on the witness host and then re-create the disk group.
- Host times out when entering maintenance mode during upgrade from 6.6.1 or earlier
During upgrade, each host is placed into maintenance mode with the Ensure data accessibility option. A host running vSphere 6.0 Update 2 or earlier might time out if objects with FTT=0 are present on the cluster. This problem occurs when a large number of objects are present in the cluster, and some objects have FTT=0.
Workaround: You can increase the FTT value from 0 to 1 for all objects before you upgrade the cluster. You also can wait for 60 minutes, and retry the upgrade.
- Duplicate VM with the same name in vCenter Server when residing host fails during datastore migration
If a VM is undergoing storage vMotion from vSAN to another datastore, such as NFS, and the host on which it resides encounters a failure on the vSAN network, causing HA failover of the VM, the VM might be duplicated in the vCenter Server.
Workaround: Power off the invalid VM and unregister it from the vCenter Server.
- Using the vSphere Client to disable deduplication or encryption does not allow reduced redundancy
The HTML-based vSphere Client does not allow reduced redundancy when you disable deduplication and compression,
or when you disable encryption on a vSAN 6.7 cluster. vSAN performs the operation with full data evacuation.
You might experience cluster configuration issues, or see an error message that the cluster is full.
Workaround: You can use the vSphere Web Client to disable deduplication or encryption.
If you experience this issue, use the health service to remediate the cluster configuration.
- Navigate to the vSAN cluster.
- Click Monitor > Health > vSAN cluster configuration consistency.
- Click Remediate inconsistent configuration.
- Select Allow reduced redundancy and click OK.
- vSAN Capacity Overview shows incorrect information after enabling deduplication and compression
After you enable deduplication and compression, the Capacity Overview in the HTML5-based vSphere Client might display incorrect information. The capacity bars might wrap onto the next line. This problem occurs for a short period after you enable deduplication and compression.
Workaround: After the deduplication and compression task is complete, wait a minute and then refresh the vSphere Client display.
- When you modify a VM's storage policy, an error message appears: Storage policy change failure:12(Cannot allocate memory)
You can assign or modify a policy with Flash read cache reservation set to a value greater than 0 to any VM. If the VM is in an all-flash vSAN datastore, the storage policy fails, and an error message appears:
Storage policy change failure:12(Cannot allocate memory)
Workaround: Assign a different storage policy to the VM.
- Compliance of VMs displayed as unknown
Storage compliance checks are not supported for ESXi hosts with software older than 6.0 Update 1. The storage compliance is displayed as Unknown.
You might see the following message:
- Custom ISOs are not supported in vSAN build recommendations for Update Manager
vSAN 6.7 does not support custom ISOs in its build recommendations for vSphere Update Manager. You cannot use custom ISOs as part of a vSAN system baseline. Baselines that use custom ISOs are considered Non-Compliant.
Reconfiguring an existing stretched cluster under a new vCenter Server causes vSAN to issue a health check warning
When rebuilding a current stretched cluster under a new vCenter Server, the vSAN cluster health check is red. The following message appears: vSphere cluster members match vSAN cluster members
Workaround: Use the following procedure to configure the stretched cluster.
- Use SSH to log in to the witness host.
- Decommission the disks on witness host. Run the following command: esxcli vsan storage remove -s "SSD UUID"
- Force the witness host to leave the cluster. Run the following command: esxcli vsan cluster leave
- Reconfigure the stretched cluster from the new vCenter Server (Configure > vSAN > Fault Domains & Stretched Cluster).
During VCenter Server replacement, esxcli vsan health cluster list command displays health issues
During replacement of vCenter Server, the following command incorrectly displays health issues: esxcli vsan health cluster list It might report issues with network connectivity, physical disk health retrieval, and vSAN CLOMD liveness. Health checks displayed in vCenter report no issues.
Workaround: After VCenter Server replacement is complete, go to Cluster > Monitor > vSAN > Health. Select Cluster > vCenter state is authoritative, and click Update ESXi configuration.
On an encrypted vSAN cluster, Disk Format Conversion (DFC) occurs when vSAN health service remediates a failed shallow rekey
If a shallow rekey operation failed on an encrypted vSAN cluster, the cluster might have an inconsistent state where some hosts use the new KEK while others use the old KEK. The vSAN health service can detect this inconsistency, and attempt to remediate it. vSAN performs a Disk Format Conversion (DFC) during the remediation. DFC can take a long time if the vSAN cluster has large amount of data.
You can reduce the chance of a failed or interrupted shallow rekey operation.
- Make sure all hosts in the cluster are connected and operational. They cannot be disconnected, or in maintenance mode, or powered off.
- Make sure the health check for KMS connection is green before you begin the shallow rekey.
Disk format upgrade fails while vSAN resynchronizes large objects
If the vSAN cluster contains very large objects, the disk format upgrade might fail while the object is resynchronized. You might see the following error message: Failed to convert object(s) on vSAN
vSAN cannot perform the upgrade until the object is resynchronized. You can check the status of the resynchronization (Monitor > vSAN > Resyncing Components) to verify when the process is complete.
Workaround: Wait until no resynchronization is pending, then retry the disk format upgrade.
vCenter Server shows deduplication and compression as Not Supported
If the vCenter Server is running 6.5 or earlier software and is in linked mode, the deduplication and compression feature might appear as Not Supported. You cannot enable the feature through vCenter Server. You might also see the following error message while cluster configuration is in progress:
Some elements could not be shown or their information could not be retrieved in time.
This problem is in the vCenter Server interface and does not affect the operation of your vSAN cluster, only the ability to configure deduplication and compression.
Workaround: You can upgrade the vCenter Server to the latest software release, or you can use another interface, such as PowerCLI, to configure deduplication and compression.
Cluster consistency health check fails during deep rekey operation
The deep rekey operation on an encrypted vSAN cluster can take several hours. During the rekey, the following health check might indicate a failure: Cluster configuration consistency. The cluster consistency check does not detect the deep rekey operation, and there might not be a problem.
Workaround: Retest the vSAN cluster consistency health check after the deep rekey operation is complete.
VM OVF deploy fails if DRS is disabled
If you deploy an OVF template on the vSAN cluster, the operation fails if DRS is disabled on the vSAN cluster. You might see a message similar to the following: The operation is not allowed in the current state.
Workaround: Enable DRS on the vSAN cluster before you deploy an OVF template.
vSAN stretched cluster configuration lost after you disable vSAN on a cluster
If you disable vSAN on a stretched cluster, the stretched cluster configuration is not retained. The stretched cluster, witness host, and fault domain configuration is lost.
Workaround: Reconfigure the stretched cluster parameters when you re-enable the vSAN cluster.
On-disk format version for witness host is later than version for data hosts
When you change the witness host during an upgrade to vSAN 6.6 and later, the new witness host receives the latest on-disk format version. The on-disk format version of the witness host might be later than the on-disk format version of the data hosts. In this case, the witness host cannot store components.
Workaround: Use the following procedure to change the on-disk format to an earlier version.
- Delete the disk group on the new witness host.
- Set the advanced parameter to enable formatting of disk groups with an earlier on-disk format. For more information, see Knowledge Base article 2146221.
- Recreate a new disk group on the witness host with a vSAN on-disk format version that matches the data hosts.
- Powered off VMs appear as inaccessible during witness host replacement
When you change a witness host in a stretched cluster, VMs that are powered off appear as inaccessible in the vSphere Web Client for a brief time. After the process is complete, powered off VMs appear as accessible. All running VMs appear as accessible throughout the process.
Cannot place hosts in maintenance mode if they have faulty boot media
vSAN cannot place hosts with faulty boot media into maintenance mode. The task to enter maintenance mode might fail with an internal vSAN error, due to the inability to save configuration changes. You might see log events similar to the following: Lost Connectivity to the device xxx backing the boot filesystem
Workaround: Remove disk groups manually from each host, using the Full data evacuation option. Then place the host in maintenance mode.
- Health check times out if a host fails
If one host in the cluster fails, the health check might time out. You might see the following message: a back-end task took more than 120 seconds. When the vSAN health service detects that the host has failed, it restarts. The health check automatically resumes after ten minutes.
Health service does not work if vSAN cluster has ESXi hosts with vSphere 6.0 Update 1 or earlier
The vSAN 6.6 and later health service does not work if the cluster has ESXi hosts running vSphere 6.0 Update 1 or earlier releases.
Workaround: Do not add ESXi hosts with vSphere 6.0 Update 1 or earlier software to a vSAN 6.6 or later cluster.
- After stretched cluster failover, VMs on the preferred site register alert: Failed to failover
If the secondary site in a stretched cluster fails, VMs failover to the preferred site. VMs already on the preferred site might register the following alert: Failed to failover. Ignore this alert. It does not impact the behavior of the failover.
During network partition, components in the active site appear to be absent
During a network partition in a vSAN 2 host or stretched cluster, the vSphere Web Client might display a view of the cluster from the perspective of the non-active site. You might see active components in the primary site displayed as absent.
Workaround: Use RVC commands to query the state of objects in the cluster. For example: vsan.vm_object_info
vCenter Server Appliance Installer accepts cluster name greater than 80 characters
If you enter a vSAN cluster name that is more than characters, the vCenter Server Appliance Installer accepts the name, but the configuration is invalid. The vCenter Server Appliance fails when it is booted.
Workaround: Enter a vSAN cluster name that is 80 characters or less.
vCenter Server Appliance Installer accepts mix of flash and magnetic drives for capacity
The vCenter Server Appliance Installer allows you to select a mix of flash devices and magnetic disks for the capacity tier of a disk group in a new vSAN cluster. The capacity tier of each disk group can support either all-flash or all-magnetic devices.
Workaround: Do not mix flash devices and magnetic disks on the capacity tier of the vSAN cluster.
- Temporary Update configuration tasks visible if hosts are disconnected when you change vSAN encryption configurations
When you change the configurations in an encrypted vSAN cluster (such as turning encryption on or off or changing the KMS key), an Update vSAN configuration task runs on each host every 3 seconds until all hosts reconnect or until 5 minutes have passed. These tasks are not harmful and rarely impact performance.
Some objects are non-compliant after force repair
After you perform a force repair, some objects might not be repaired because the ownership of the objects was transferred to a different node during the process. The force repair might be delayed for those objects.
Workaround: Attempt the force repair operation after all other objects are repaired and resynchronized. You can wait until vSAN repairs the objects.
When you move a host from one encrypted cluster to another, and then back to the original cluster, the task fails
When you move a host from an encrypted vSAN cluster to another encrypted vSAN cluster, then move the host back to the original encrypted cluster, the task might fail. You might see the following message: A general system error occurred: Invalid fault. This error occurs because vSAN cannot re-encrypt data on the host using the original encryption key. After a short time, vCenter Server restores the original key on the host, and all unmounted disks in the vSAN cluster are mounted.
Workaround: Reboot the host and wait for all disks to get mounted.
Stretched cluster imbalance after a site recovers
When you recover a failed site in a stretched cluster, sometimes hosts in the failed site are brought back sequentially over a long period of time. vSAN might overuse some hosts when it begins repairing the absent components.
Workaround: Recover all of the hosts in a failed site together within a short time window.
VM operations fail due to HA master issue with stretched clusters
Under certain failure scenarios in stretched clusters, certain VM operations such as vMotions or powering on a VM might be impacted. These failures scenarios include a partial or a complete site failure, or the failure of the high speed network between the sites. This problem is caused by the dependency on VMware HA being available for normal operation of stretched cluster sites.
Workaround: Disable vSphere HA before performing vMotion, VM creation, or powering on VMs. Then re-enable vSphere HA.
Cannot perform deep rekey if a disk group is unmounted
Before vSAN performs a deep rekey, it performs a shallow rekey. The shallow rekey fails if an unmounted disk group is present. The deep rekey process cannot begin.
Workaround: Remount or remove the unmounted disk group.
Log entries state that firewall configuration has changed
A new firewall entry appears in the security profile when vSAN encryption is enabled: vsanEncryption. This rule controls how hosts communicate directly to the KMS. When it is triggered, log entries are added to /var/log/vobd.log. You might see the following messages:
Firewall configuration has changed. Operation 'addIP4' for rule set vsanEncryption succeeded.
Firewall configuration has changed. Operation 'removeIP4' for rule set vsanEncryption succeeded.
These messages can be ignored.
Limited support for First Class Disks with vSAN datastores
vSAN 6.6 and later does not fully support First Class Disks in vSAN datastores. You might experience the following problems if you use First Class Disks in a vSAN datastore:
- vSAN health service does not display the health of First Class Disks correctly.
- The Used Capacity Breakdown includes the used capacity for First Class Disks in the following category: Other
- The health status of VMs that use First Class Disks is not calculated correctly.
HA failover does not occur after setting Traffic Type option on a vmknic to support witness traffic
If you set the traffic type option on a vmknic to support witness traffic, vSphere HA does not automatically discover the new setting. You must manually disable and then re-enable HA so it can discover the vmknic. If you configure the vmknic and the vSAN cluster first, and then enable HA on the cluster, it does discover the vmknic.
Workaround: Manually disable vSphere HA on the cluster, and then re-enable it.
- iSCSI MCS is not supported
vSAN iSCSI target service does not support Multiple Connections per Session (MCS).
Any iSCSI initiator can discover iSCSI targets
vSAN iSCSI target service allows any initiator on the network to discover iSCSI targets.
Workaround: You can isolate your ESXi hosts from iSCSI initiators by placing them on separate VLANs.
After resolving network partition, some VM operations on linked clone VMs might fail
Some VM operations on linked clone VMs that are not producing I/O inside the guest operating system might fail. The operations that might fail include taking snapshots and suspending the VMs. This problem can occur after a network partition is resolved, if the parent base VM's namespace is not yet accessible. When the parent VM's namespace becomes accessible, HA is not notified to power on the VM.
Workaround: Power cycle VMs that are not actively running I/O operations.
When you log out of the Web client after using the Configure vSAN wizard, some configuration tasks might fail
The Configure vSAN wizard might require up to several hours to complete the configuration tasks. You must remain logged in to the Web client until the wizard completes the configuration. This problem usually occurs in clusters with many hosts and disk groups.
Workaround: If some configuration tasks failed, perform the configuration again.
- New policy rules ignored on hosts with older versions of ESXi software
This might occur when you have two or more vSAN clusters, with one cluster running the latest software and another cluster running an older software version. The vSphere Web Client displays policy rules for the latest vSAN software, but those new policies are not supported on the older hosts. For example, RAID-5/6 (Erasure Coding) – Capacity is not supported on hosts running 6.0U1 or earlier software. You can configure the new policy rules and apply them to any VMs and objects, but they are ignored on hosts running the older software version.
Snapshot memory objects are not displayed in the Used Capacity Breakdown of the vSAN Capacity monitor
For virtual machines created with hardware version lower than 10, the snapshot memory is included in the Vmem objects on the Used Capacity Breakdown.
Workaround: To view snapshot memory objects in the Used Capacity Breakdown, create virtual machines with hardware version 10 or higher.
- Storage Usage reported in VM Summary page might appear larger after upgrading to vSAN 6.5 or later
In previous releases of vSAN, the value reported for VM Storage Usage was the space used by a single copy of the data. For example, if the guest wrote 1 GB to a thin-provisioned object with two mirrors, the Storage Usage was shown as 1 GB. In vSAN 6.5 and later, the Storage Usage field displays the actual space used, including all copies of the data. So if the guest writes 1 GB to a thin-provisioned object with two mirrors, the Storage Usage is shown as 2 GB. The reported storage usage on some VMs might appear larger after the upgrade, but the actual space consumed did not increase.
Cannot place a witness host in Maintenance Mode
When you attempt to place a witness host in Maintenance Mode, the host remains in the current state and you see the following notification: A specified parameter was not correct.
Workaround: When placing a witness host in Maintenance Mode, choose the No data migration option.
Moving the witness host into and then out of a stretched cluster leaves the cluster in a misconfigured state
If you place the witness host in a vSAN-enabled vCenter cluster, an alarm notifies you that the witness host cannot reside in the cluster. But if you move the witness host out of the cluster, the cluster remains in a misconfigured state.
Workaround: Move the witness host out of the vSAN stretched cluster, and reconfigure the stretched cluster. For more information, see Knowledge Base article 2130587.
When a network partition occurs in a cluster which has an HA heartbeat datastore, VMs are not restarted on the other data site
When the preferred or secondary site in a vSAN cluster loses its network connection to the other sites, VMs running on the site that loses network connectivity are not restarted on the other data site, and the following error might appear: vSphere HA virtual machine HA failover failed.
This is expected behavior for vSAN clusters.
Workaround: Do not select HA heartbeat datastore while configuring vSphere HA on the cluster.
- Unmounted vSAN disks and disk groups displayed as mounted in the vSphere Web Client Operational Status field
After the vSAN disks or disk groups are unmounted by either running the esxcli vsan storage disk group unmount command or by the vSAN Device Monitor service when disks show persistently high latencies, the vSphere Web Client incorrectly displays the Operational Status field as mounted.
Workaround: Use the Health field to verify disk status, instead of the Operational Status field.
- vSphere Update Manager pre-check remediation displays failed vSAN health issues in English only
If required vSAN health checks failed during Update Manager pre-check remediation, the failed health checks are displayed in English only. Localization support for these messages is not available in this release.
Workaround: Use the vSAN health service in the vSphere Client to check and resolve health issues.