I get this question almost daily, and I am pretty sure I have said this various times, but just in case it wasn’t clear I figured I would share the answer to the question whether a device should be used in a vSAN cluster when it is not listed on the vSAN Compatibility Guide? if you have not looked at the components variant of the VCG for vSAN please take a look here: http://vmwa.re/vsanhclc. Of course, we also have an easier route, which is the ReadyNode VCG. But some may want to tweak based on performance, cost etc. I get that, and so does VMware, that is why we have listed all supported and tested components. Can you use a device which is not listed? Sure you can. Will VMware support the environment? Maybe they will, maybe they won’t! Should you use a device which is not listed if the previous answer is maybe? No!
So let’s be clear and let’s answer the two most asked questions:
- Device X is not listed on the vSAN Compatability Guide, can I still use it?
- No, you should not. If any problem arises chances are you will not get the support you need as a result of an unsupported configuration. Sure, usually VMware Support will do their best to help, but if it appears the unsupported device is causing the problem then it becomes difficult. Please do not use devices which are not listed
- Device X is listed with Firmware version Y, but the OEM says I should use Z, what to do?
- Ask the OEM why the version is not listed on VMware’s VCG website. Vendors are responsible for certifying components and the software (drivers / firmware) associated with it. If it is not listed then it has either not been submitted yet, it has not been tested, or it has not passed the test. Please only use tested and listed versions, the only exception is when both VMware GSS and the OEM points you to a new version.
Hope that helps,