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Install VSAN 6.2 on a single ESXi Host

November 6, 2016

I recently purchased a single HPE DL160 Gen9 1U Server with following:

  • Single Intel Xeon X5 2609v4 CPU
  • 128 GB RAM
  • One 256 GB Samsung NVMe SSD
  • One 3 TB Samsung 12G SAS SSD
  • One 8 GB SanDisk USB Storage Media
  • I have installed the HPE Customized Image for VMware ESXi 6.0 u2 which uses Virtual SAN 6.2

I wanted to create a vsanDatastore on a single host, using a process known as bootstrapping, to host virtual machines for testing and development.

I used the steps that were outlined in the blog article from William Lam Quick Tip – VSAN 6.2 (vSphere 6.0 Update 2) now supports creating all-flash diskgroup using ESXCLI

I connected to my ESXi host via SSH and executed the following commands below (which are specific to my configuration) for more details on the purpose of each command I would encourage you to read William’s blog.

esxcli vsan policy setdefault -c vdisk -p “((\”hostFailuresToTolerate\” i1) (\”forceProvisioning\” i1))”

esxcli vsan policy setdefault -c vmnamespace -p “((\”hostFailuresToTolerate\” i1) (\”forceProvisioning\” i1))”

esxcli vsan network ipv4 add -i vmk0

esxcli vsan cluster new

esxcli vsan storage tag add -d naa.50000f0a0550a980 -t capacityFlash

esxcli vsan storage add -s t10.NVMe____SAMSUNG_MZVPV256HDGL2D000H1______________1031006164382500 -d naa.50000f0a0550a980


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