Sharing a datastore

You can share a datastore with one or more hosts using the NetApp Element Management extension point.

Before you begin


  1. Select NetApp Element Management > Management.
    Note: If two or more clusters are added, ensure that the cluster you intend to use for the task is selected in the navigation bar.
  2. From the Datastores page, select the check box for the datastore you want to share.
  3. Click Actions.
  4. In the resulting menu, click Share.
  5. Configure authorization type for host access by selecting one of the following:
    • Use Volume Access Group
    • Use CHAP
    Note: Use the volume access group authorization type to explicitly limit which initiators can see volumes. Use CHAP for secure secret-based access with no limits on initiators.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select one or more required hosts for the datastore.
    Note: You need at least one connected host before you can create a new datastore. If your host has multiple initiators, select an initiator or all initiators by selecting the host. If you are using vCenter Linked Mode, only hosts available to the vCenter Server to which the cluster is assigned are available to select.
  8. Click Next.
  9. If you selected Use Volume Access Group, configure the volume access groups for the selected hosts. The volume access groups listed in Required by Selected Initiators are already associated with one or more of the host initiators you selected in an earlier step.
    1. Select additional volume access groups or create new ones to associate with available initiators:
      • Available: Other volume access group options in the cluster.
      • Create New Access Group: Enter the name of the new access group and click Add.
    2. Click Next.
    3. In the Configure Hosts' Access pane, associate available host initiators (IQN or WWPN) with the volume access groups you selected in the previous pane.
      If a host initiator is already associated with a volume access group, the field is read-only for that initiator. If a host initiator does not have a volume access group association, select an option from the drop-down list next to the initiator.
  10. Confirm the selections and click Finish.
  11. Refresh the list after the share datastore task is complete to verify hosts for the datastore.