You can use the HTML5-based vSphere Client to configure your vSAN cluster.

Note:

You can use Quickstart to quickly create and configure a vSAN cluster. For more information, see Using Quickstart to Configure and Expand a vSAN Cluster.

Note: vSAN HCI Mesh compute clusters have limited configuration options.

Prerequisites

Verify that your environment meets all requirements. See Requirements for Enabling vSAN.

Create a cluster and add hosts to the cluster before enabling and configuring vSAN.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to an existing host cluster.
  2. Click the Configure tab.
  3. Under vSAN, select Services.
  4. Click Configure vSAN to open the Configure vSAN wizard.
  5. Select the type of vSAN cluster to configure, and click Next.
    • Single site cluster. For more information, see vSAN Deployment Options.
    • Single site cluster with custom fault domains. For more information, see "Managing Fault Domains in vSAN Clusters" in Administering VMware vSAN.
    • Two node vSAN cluster. For more information, see vSAN Deployment Options.
    • Stretched cluster. For more information, see Introduction to Stretched Clusters.
    • vSAN HCI Mesh compute cluster. For more information, see "Sharing Remote Datastores with HCI Mesh" in Administering VMware vSAN.
  6. Configure the vSAN services to use, and click Next.
    Configure data management features, including deduplication and compression, data-at-rest encryption, and data-in-transit encryption. For more details, see Edit vSAN Settings.
  7. Claim disks for the vSAN cluster, and click Next.
    Each host requires at least one flash device in the cache tier, and one or more devices in the capacity tier. For more details, see "Managing Disk Groups and Devices" in Administering VMware vSAN.
  8. Review the configuration, and click Finish.

Results

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

Claim disks or create disk groups. See "Managing Disk Groups and Devices" in Administering VMware vSAN.

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

Verify that the vSAN storage provider is registered. See Administering VMware vSAN.