Add hypervisor cluster volume

You can configure volumes in the Server Profile Template that are displayed within Storage section on +Create Hypervisor Cluster Profile page.

  • Privileges: Infrastructure administrator or Server administrator or a Server Profile architect or Server Profile administrator.

    For FCOE setup, ensure that:
    • SAN Manager is configured.

    • Automated zoning is configured on the switch.

    • VFC table is populated on the FCoE switch with the MAC ids of the NICs on the servers which are connecting to the FCoE network.

  • The Manage SAN option for the Server Profile Templates is enabled and the corresponding SAN connections are configured on the Server Profile Template.

  • A shared storage volume has been created.

  • Cluster volume names must not conflict with local datastore names on the hypervisor hosts in a cluster.

  • Commands are required to be run on each ESXi for the ESXi to detect FCOE volumes. For more information, see VMware Knowledge Base at

  • Confirm that storage volumes are properly configured before adding them to the hypervisor cluster profile. Their configuration cannot be changed once they are added.
  • If the storage volumes failed to be presented to the server, then hypervisor cluster profile task fails with a warning indicating that datastores could not be created, also resulting in inconsistency.

  1. In the details pane, select Actions > Create. You can also click +Create hypervisor cluster profile in the left pane.
  2. Select a server profile template which has Manage SAN option enabled and has necessary SAN connections configured.
  3. Under Storage, click Add cluster volume.
  4. In the Name field, search and select the volume that you want to add and click Enter.
  5. Select one of the following Filesystem options:
    • VMFS—To enable formatting of the volume, select VMFS.

    • Unmanaged—If you do not want to format the volume, select Unmanaged.

  6. Click Add to create a volume or Add + to create multiple volumes.
  7. Verify that the cluster volumes are listed under Storage.

    You cannot edit the hypervisor cluster volumes after you have added them. You can only remove the hypervisor cluster volumes that you have added.