VSAN Free for VSphere - NFS

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tasteris
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Wed Apr 17, 2024 1:54 pm

Hi everyone,

Have been trying to create on the VSAN Free (VSphere centos appliance build 15260) an NFS share but the web gui does not provide such functionality, neither there are any powershell scripts. The text-based ui is also not available from the console. Is there any other way to do this or is the NAS functionality not available? According to https://www.starwindsoftware.com/vsan-free-vs-paid SMB/NFS is available in the VSAN Free version.

Looking forward to your response.

Regards,
Theologis
yaroslav (staff)
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Thu Apr 18, 2024 7:31 am

Thanks for your question!
NFS share is not present in CentOS-based appliances. Please download the CVM OVF to use NFS shares.
tasteris
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Thu Apr 18, 2024 7:36 am

Yaroslav hi,

Thanks for the reply. When downloading the VSAN Free this is what the email link provided me with downloading which is the centos appliance. Is there a different ova for VSAN Free which is different than the centos one? Can you provide me with a link?

Thanks,
Theologis
yaroslav (staff)
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Thu Apr 18, 2024 8:22 am

Please reach out to support@starwind.com
Use this thread and 1151033 as your references.
Thanks!
tasteris
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Thu Apr 18, 2024 8:43 am

Yaroslav,

Thanks for reply. I downloaded normal VirtualSAN and installed the VSAN Free license and seems to be working ok with the limitations that are documented.

Is this correct?

Regards,
Theologis
yaroslav (staff)
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Thu Apr 18, 2024 8:58 am

Hi Theologis,

Yes, this is expected.
Thanks for your update! Let me know if you can create NFS now.
tasteris
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Thu Apr 18, 2024 1:19 pm

Yaroslav hi,

Indeed i can create shares but what i was looking for is for highly available shares. I know this can be done using a Windows File Server cluster with starwind VSAN. There is no way doing this on the CVM? Shares are created on the volume which is not highly available.

Regards,
Theologis
yaroslav (staff)
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Thu Apr 18, 2024 2:48 pm

Hi Theologis,

Sadly shares are not HA. True, you can build a highly available device and present it over iSCSI to the File Server.
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