Creating a vVol Datastore Workflow

VMware uses virtual volumes (vVols) to manage virtual machines (VMs) and their data (such as VMDKs and physical disks). Supporting vVols enables a volume to reside in a vVol datastore that maps to a folder on an array. A folder can contain both vVols and regular volumes.

vVols are visible in the GUI as regular volumes, where you can monitor their capacity and performance. However, you must use the vCenter UI to manage vVols.

NOTE: Before configuring vVols, you must have vCenter Server installed and the HPE vCenter Plugin registered with the server. For more information, refer to the VMware vCenter installation documentation.

The following table describes the workflow for creating a vVol datastore.

Keep the following in mind as you perform the steps in the table.
  • The database and log files need to be on a separate VMDK.
  • You cannot use the VMware synchronous replication feature for volume collections.
  • The VSS option to quiecse the operating system is a Microsoft VSS function, not an HPE Storage VSS function.
Step Interface Notes

Register a vCenter Plugin with vCenter Server

Array OS

Check the VASA Provider (vVols) check box to register the vCenter extension for a VASA provider.

2 Create a Folder Array OS

Choose the VMware virtual volumes (vVols) from the Management pulldown, then choose a vCenter Server from the VCenter Server pulldown.

3 Create a vVol Datastore vCenter

For more information about creating a vVol datastore in a folder, refer to the VMware Integration Guide.