Configuring vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) functionality

You must perform initial configuration steps to use virtual volumes (VVols) in the NetApp Element Plug-in for vCenter Server.

Before you begin

The NetApp Element cluster must be connected to an ESXi 6.0 or later environment that is compatible with VVols.


  1. Enable the virtual volumes feature on the NetApp Element cluster using the NetApp Element Configuration extension point.
  2. Register the VASA provider with vCenter.
  3. Create a storage container and associated VVol datastore using the NetApp Element Management extension point.
  4. If you elected not to create a datastore when you created a storage container, create a VVol datastore in vCenter and associate it with the storage container.