Setting Up vSphere Storage

vSphere storage polices define storage requirements for the virtual machines. These policies determine how the virtual machine storage objects are provisioned and allocated within the datastore to guarantee the required level of service.

This section provides instructions for creating a vSphere storage policy in a vSphere environment where no level of encryption is required. To configure storage policies when encryption is used, see Setting Up vSphere Encryption.

Creating the Storage Policies

The following steps set up a vSphere storage policy with no encryption for a four-host configuration using RAID1.

  1. Select Home -> Policies and Profiles -> VM Storage Policies.

  2. Click Create.

  3. Enter a Storage Policy name and optional description and click Next. This example uses vSAN Greenplum FFT1 RAID1 Stripe1 Thick No Encryption as the policy name.

  4. Under Policy structure, check the Enable rules for vSAN storage box.

  5. Under vSAN - Availability, select the RAID-1 mirroring vSAN policy. If you are using a different configuration, adjust this parameter accordingly.

  6. Under vSAN - Storage Rules, select No Encryption, No space efficiency, and All flash.

  7. Under vSAN - Advanced Policy Rules, specify 1 for Number of disk stripes per object, and Thick provisioning.

  8. Under Storage Compatibility, check that your vSAN storage is compatible with the storage policy.

  9. Review the Summary page. It should look similar to this:

Next Steps

You have completed setting up Dell EMC VxRail with vSphere. Proceed to Validating Dell EMC VxRail Setup Performance in order to verify network connectivity and test vSAN performance with HCIBench.