Deployment of VMware vSAN 7 Cluster Step by Step

Deploy vSAN 7 Cluster LAB setup:

Three ESXi hosts each is configured with:
8 GB Memory.
Two 10 GB Ethernet cards, one card will be configured during installation for the management traffic, and the other one will be configured for vSAN traffic. For all-flash configurations, the vSAN hosts have a minimum bandwidth of 10 GbE.
2 X 142 SSD hard disks for All-Flash vSAN configuration, one SSD disk will be used as a capacity disk, and the other one will be used as a cache disk. vSAN hosts contributing storage to the cluster must have at least one cache and one capacity device.
1 X 142 SSD hard disk will be used for the ESXi operating system installation.

ESXi 7 latest update.

vCenter 7 latest update (192.168.1.2).

ESXI serverIP AddressMemoryNetwork CardHard Disk
ESXi 1192.168.1.118GB2 X 10 GBE1 X 142 GB SSD 2 X 142 GB SSD
ESXi 2192.168.1.128GB2 X 10 GBE1 X 142 GB SSD2 X 142 GB SSD
ESXi 3192.168.1.138GB2 X 10 GBE1 X 142 GB SSD2 X 142 GB SSD

1. Enter all of the three hosts into maintenance mode.

2. Go to New Cluster > Configure > QuickStart.


3. In Quick Start, go to Cluster Basics > Edit > Enable vSAN.


4. Wait until Hosts’ configurations are checked and passed.


5. Go to Configure Cluster > Configure.


6. In Configure cluster > Distributed switches > Choose vmnic1 for vSAN Distributed Switch “DSwitch-vSAN”. 


7. Assign static IPs for vmnic1 in each ESXi host.


8. Choose the following options:
Deployment Type: Single Site ClusterSpace
Efficiency: Deduplication and compression
Fault Domains: Enabled.


9. Claim Disks:
Claim one disk as a capacity disk.
Claim one disk as a cache disk. 


10. Click Next.


11.Click Next.


12. Click Finish.


13. Wait until the configuration is completed.


14.Check the created vSAN datastore: “vsanDatastore.”