I had a question today on my blog from a user who said that the VSAN Healthcheck Plugin was great but unfortunately required DRS to be able to install/configure it, which means that if you have vSphere Standard you can’t use. A very valid point, at least for the first version of the healthcheck plugin. However that problem has been fixed for a while now. I haven’t seen anyone pointing it out so I figured I would write a couple of lines about it for those who want to use it as I figure that more have hit this problem with the first release of the healthcheck plugin and haven’t seen that it has been fixed yet.
As of VSAN Healthcheck Plugin version 6.0.1 it is no longer required to have DRS enabled (this was a bug). You can find the link to download version 6.0.1 below:
- Download 6.0.1 – https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VSANHEALTH600&productId=492
- Release notes 6.0.1 – https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere6/doc/vmware-virtual-san-healthcheck-601-release-notes.html
For those who aren’t using the Healthcheck yet and are running vSphere 6.0, it is highly recommended! With the newer versions of vSphere 6.0 it will always come included (U1 and up). It has some great health checks that will enable you to validate the state of your VSAN cluster in a simple overview. I personally find the pro-active tests very valuable, especially the “burn in/perf” type tests, and of course the multi-cast test.
And there is more coming pretty soon, been testing the next version of this in my lab and I must say that it looks great. Having all of the perf stats straight in the Web Client is definitely making life easier. Hopefully it is out soon!