Deploying ONTAP tools for VMware vSphere

You should deploy ONTAP tools in your environment, and specify the required parameters, to be able to use the appliance.

Before you begin

About this task

If you are deploying a fresh installation of ONTAP tools, then VASA Provider is enabled by default. But in case of an upgrade from an earlier release of the ONTAP tools, the state of VASA Provider is retained and you might need to enable VASA Provider manually.

Enabling VASA Provider for configuring virtual datastores


  1. Log in to the vSphere Client.
  2. Select Home > Host & Clusters .
  3. Right-click the required datacenter, and then click Deploy OVA template.
  4. Select the applicable method to provide the deployment file for ONTAP tools, and then click Next.
    Location Action
    URL Provide the URL for the .ova file for ONTAP tools.
    Folder Select the .ova file for ONTAP tools from the saved location.
  5. Enter the details to customize the deployment wizard.
    See Deployment customization considerations for complete details.
  6. Review the configuration data, and then click Next to finish deployment.
    As you wait for deployment to finish, you can view the progress of the deployment from the Tasks tab.
  7. Power on the ONTAP tools virtual machine, and then open a console of the virtual machine running the ONTAP tools.
  8. Verify that ONTAP tools is running after the deployment is completed.
  9. If ONTAP tools is not registered with any vCenter Server, use https://appliance_ip:8143/Register.html to register the VSC instance.
  10. Log out and re-log in to the vSphere Client to view the deployed ONTAP tools.
    It might take a few minutes for the plug-in to be updated in the vSphere Client.
    Troubleshooting: If you cannot view the plug-in even after logging in, you must clean the vSphere Client cache.

    Cleaning the vSphere cached downloaded plug-in packages

After you finish

Note: If you are using ONTAP 9.6 or earlier, then to view the vVols dashboard, you must download and install OnCommand API Services. But for ONTAP 9.7 you do not require OnCommand API Services to be registered with VASA Provider.

Registering OnCommand API Services with ONTAP tools