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ONTAP tools for VMware vSphere 9.8
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Install the NFS VAAI plug-in


You can install the NetApp NFS Plug-in for VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) using the GUI of ONTAP tools for VMware vSphere.

What you will need

  • You should have downloaded the installation package for the NFS Plug-in for VAAI (`.vib) from the NetApp Support Site.

  • You should have installed ESXi host 6.5 or later and ONTAP 9.1 or later.

  • You should have powered on the ESXi host and mounted an NFS datastore.

  • You should have set the values of the DataMover.HardwareAcceleratedMove, DataMover.HardwareAcceleratedInit, and VMFS3.HardwareAcceleratedLocking host settings to “1”.

    These values are set automatically on the ESXi host when the Recommended Settings dialog box is updated.

  • You should have enabled the vstorage option on the storage virtual machine (SVM) by using the vserver nfs modify -vserver vserver_name -vstorage enabled command.

  • You should have ESXi 7.0 update1 or later if you are using NetApp NFS VAAI plug-in 2.0.


  1. Rename the .vib file that you downloaded from the NetApp Support Site to NetAppNasPlugin.vib to match the predefined name that VSC uses.

  2. Click Settings in the ONTAP tools home page.

  3. Click NFS VAAI Tools tab.

  4. Click Change in the Existing version section.

  5. Browse and select the renamed .vib file, and then click Upload to upload the file to ONTAP tools.

  6. In the Install on ESXi Hosts section, select the ESXi host on which you want to install the NFS VAAI plug-in, and then click Install.

    You should follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. You can monitor the installation progress in the Tasks section of vSphere Web Client.

  7. Reboot the ESXi host after the installation finishes.

    When you reboot the ESXi host, VSC automatically detects the NFS VAAI plug-in. You do not have to perform additional steps to enable the plug-in.