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NetApp Virtual Storage Console-5.0 Install for VMware vSphere and Optimize NFS Settings

VSC for VMware vSphere port requirements

Default port number Description
443 The VMware vCenter Server and the storage systems
listen for secure communications using secure HTTP
(SSL) on this port.
80 The VMware vCenter server and the storage systems
listen for standard, unencrypted communication via
standard HTTP on this port.
8143 VSC listens for secure communication on this port.
8043 The VSC backup and restore features and the VSC
Restore Agent and CLI listen for secure communication
on this port.

Note: Make sure the following options turned on in your Netapp filer in order to add controllers to Virtual Storage Console later.

options httpd.admin.enable on

options httpd.admin.access host=x.x.x.x (if you have multiple hosts accessing the filer over http you can seperate the IP addresses with a comma)

Part 1: Obtain and Install the VSC

  1. i) Download the Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere from

*This walkthrough uses the VSC-5.0-win64.exe, and installing here onto a VMware vSphere 5.5 vCenter.

  1. ii) On the vCenter Server, run the VSC Setup Launcher

Fig 1: VSC-2.1.2-win64 Setup Launcher

NetApp VCS Installer-0iii) Run through the InstallShield Wizard:

Accept the terms in the license agreement : Next >NetApp VCS Installer-3Select Capabilities : Next >

*The capabilities include: Monitoring and Host Configuration (default,) Provisioning and Cloning, and Backup and Recovery (with license.) To use the VSC to optimize NFS only needs the default selection ticked; here though we might as well tick all selections to see the full feature set.

Fig 2: Virtual Storage Console – Select Capabilities

NetApp VCS Installer-4Choose Destination Folder : Next >

NetApp VCS Installer-5There is a notification showing you the URL that is needed to register Virtual Storage Console with vCenter. This site will automatically pop up after the install has finished. Click Install.

  1. The install has now completed, click Finish and the Register page will pop up in your internet browser.
  2. Enter the ip address of the machine your on now and enter in all your vCenter information with a user name that has administrative access to vCenter. Click Register when you’re done. When you open vCenter you will notice the new plugin in Solutions and Applications – Netapp.

 Install >NetApp VCS Installer-6Finish

iv) Register the plugin with vCenter at https://localhost:8143/register.html and complete the vSphere Plugin Registration.

Plugin service information

IP Address: {e.g. IP Address of vCenter}

vCenter Server information

Host name or IP Address: ???

Port: 443

User name: ???

User password: ???

Click ‘Register‘ and if successful then the following appears “The registration process has completed successfully!”

Close the internet browser.

Part 2: Authenticating Storage Controllers in the VSC

Open up a vSphere Client connection to the vCenter server >

Select the Datacenter object (or cluster, or host object – does not really matter here) and select the ‘NetApp‘ tab >

Accept the Security Alert >

Click on the ‘Update‘ button in the top right corner >

Fig 3: NetApp VSC Plug-in with -‘unknown-‘ Storage Controller

Fig 3- NetApp VSC Plug-in When the update has completed, right-click on the ‘-unknown-controller and select ‘Modify Credentials‘ >

Enter the credentials and click OK >

Wait for the Controller to display correctly under ‘Storage Controllers’ (click Update to speed up the process)

Fig 4: NetApp VSC Plug-in with an authenticated Storage Controller

Fig-4 - NetApp VSCPart 3: Optimizing NFS Settings on an ESX Host

From the ‘NetApp’ tab within the vSphere client, under ‘ESX Hosts’, right-click the ESX host and choose ‘Set Recommended Values…‘ >

Fig 5&6: NetApp VSC Plug-in ESX Hosts and ‘NetApp Recommended Settings’

Fig 5 - NetApp VSC Plug-in Fig 6- NetApp VSC Plug-inLeave all boxes checked (only really need ‘NFS Settings’ box checked in this instance – will not hurt to update ‘HBA/CNA Adapter Settings’, and ‘MPIO Settings’ at the same time) and click OK >

Finally reboot the ESX(i) host server to apply the changed settings!

Fig 7 : NetApp VSC Plug-in ESX Hosts – host with recommended settings

Fig 7- NetApp VSC Plug-in ESX Hosts

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