Enabling virtual volumes

You must manually enable vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) functionality using the NetApp Element Configuration extension point. The Element system comes with VVols functionality disabled by default, and it is not automatically enabled as part of a new installation or upgrade. Enabling the VVols feature is a one-time configuration task.

Before you begin

The Element cluster must be connected to an ESXi 6.0 and later environment that is compatible with VVols.
Attention: For systems running Element software 11.x, enabling virtual volumes before or after setting protection domain monitoring causes the cluster protection domains feature to function only at node level.


  1. Select NetApp Element Configuration > Clusters.
  2. Select a cluster from the list that you want to enable.
  3. Click Actions.
  4. In the resulting menu, click Enable VVols.
    Attention: After VVols functionality is enabled, it cannot be disabled. Enabling vSphere Virtual Volumes functionality permanently changes NetApp Element software configuration. You should only enable VVols functionality if your cluster is connected to a VMware ESXi VVols-compatible environment. You can only disable the VVols feature and restore the default settings by returning the cluster to the factory image.
  5. Click Yes to confirm the Virtual Volumes configuration change.
    Note: When VVols functionality is enabled, the Element cluster starts the VASA Provider, opens port 8444 for VASA traffic, and creates protocol endpoints that can be discovered by vCenter and all ESXi hosts.
  6. Click Actions for the selected cluster.
  7. In the resulting menu, select Details.
  8. Copy the VASA Provider URL from the VASA Provider URL field. You will use this URL to register the VASA Provider in vCenter.
    Note: See plug-in documentation for additional configuration tasks that are required for vSphere Virtual Volumes functionality.