This week I have been testing with vSAN File Services and one of the procedures I wanted to run through was scaling out my vSAN File Services cluster. In my case, I have a cluster of 5 hosts and what I want to do is add a host to my vSAN cluster, expand the vSAN Datastore and also grow my vSAN File Services cluster.
First of all, when you add a host into the cluster you need to make sure it is in maintenance mode. If if is not in maintenance mode then vSAN FS will instantly try to clone a vSAN File Services agent VM (FS VM) on to it and that process will fail as there’s no disk group yet. So make sure to place the host into maintenance mode before adding it to the cluster.
After you added it to the cluster, you have to create the disk group first. Claim all the disks that need to be part of the disk group and create the disk group. When you have done that you can take the host out of maintenance mode. Now the FS VM will be cloned and powered on. However, one thing you will need to do is expand the IP Pool for the vSAN FS Protocol Stack container. You can do this as follows:
- Go to your cluster
- Click on vSAN / Services
- Go to File Service and click Edit on the right
- Go to the IP Pool page by clicking Next twice
- Add that additional IP address and DNS Name
- Click Next / Finish
Now a new Protocol Stack Container can be instantiated in that new FS VM and your vSAN File Services cluster has been scaled out properly. I created a simple demo showing you what the process looks like, make sure to check it out below!