During the development of vSphere & VSAN 6.0, I built several new OVF templates to be able to help quickly deploy different configurations of VSAN to help test and provide feedback to Engineering. I figure I would share out these new templates as it may also benefit others in the community who wish to quickly setup VSAN 6.0 and give it spin in their own home lab or development environment using Nested ESXi.
Disclaimer: Nested ESXi is not officially supported by VMware, please use at your own risk.
One thing to be aware of when running VSAN 6.0 using Nested ESXi is that you will need a minimum of 6GB of memory for each ESXi VM. If you wish to run additional workloads on top or create larger VSAN Clusters, you may need to add additional memory on each ESXi VM. This is not really a problem for real physical hardware but can be a problem for smaller lab environments when running Nested ESXi.
Here are the four new VSAN 6.0 Nested ESXi OVF Templates:
- Nested-ESXi-3-Node-VSAN-6.0-Template - This is a standard 3-Node VSAN OVF
- Nested-ESXi-3-Node-VSAN-6.0-All-Flash-Template - This is a standard 3-Node VSAN with both disk2 & 3 set as an SSD for All-Flash configuration (Check out this blog article on steps of setting up an All-Flash VSAN environment)
- Nested-ESXi-6-Node-VSAN-6.0-FD-Template - This is a 6-Node VSAN which can be useful when wanting to test out VSAN's new Fault Domain (aka Rack Aware) feature
- Nested-ESXi-64-Node-VSAN-6.0-Template - This is mind-blowing 64-Node VSAN OVF! Can you handle all this awesomeness? If you can, would love to see you share some screenshots 🙂
Note: If you decide to build a 64-Node Cluster, you will need run the following ESXCLI command (reboot is required) to go beyond 32 nodes up to 64 node:
esxcli system settings advanced set -o /VSAN/goto11 -i 1
Here is a few screenshots of running VSAN 6.0 using the above OVF Templates: