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Deploy the NFS Plug-in for VMware VAAI

Contributors NetAppZacharyWambold

The plug-in is a software library that integrates the VMware Virtual Disk Libraries that are installed on the ESXi host. Downloading and installing the NFS Plug-In for VMware VAAI enables you to improve the performance of cloning operations by using the copy offload and space reservation options.

About this task

To provide consistent access to the virtual machines residing on the ESXi host on which you are installing the NFS plug-in, you can migrate virtual machines or install the NFS plug-in during planned maintenance.

  1. Download the NFS Plug-In for VMware VAAI.

    You should download the online bundle (NetAppNasPlugIn.vib) of the most recent plug-in

  2. Verify that VAAI is enabled on each ESXi host.

    In VMware vSphere 5.0 and later, VAAI is enabled by default.

  3. In Virtual Storage Console, go to Tools > NFS VAAI Tools.

  4. Click Select File to upload the NetAppNasPlugIn.vib file.

  5. Click Upload.

    You see an uploaded successfully message.

  6. Click Install on host.

  7. Select the ESXi hosts on which you want to install the plug-in, click Install, and then click OK.

  8. Reboot the ESXi host to enable the plug-in.

    After installing the plug-in, you must reboot the ESXi host before installation is complete.

    You do not need to reboot the storage system.