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Protocol Endpoint

VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) datastores use standard SCSI commands to access data via a special SCSI device called the Protocol Endpoint (PE).

InfiniBox has a single PE, which is automatically created during the system installation.

Access to the Protocol Endpoint

In order to access the PE, vSphere hosts must be mapped to the PE. 

InfiniBox provides this capability with an easy Enable vVols operation, which is available via the InfiniBox GUI and InfiniShell.

Enabling vVols using the InfiniBox GUI

Find the vSphere cluster or host that needs to use vVols, and from the menu select Enable vVols.

 

Enabling vVols will map the cluster to the vVol Protocol Endpoint on this InfiniBox system.

The LUN for the PE mapping is automatically selected - to specify the LUN manually use InfiniShell.

Enabling vVols using the InfiniShell

Execute the command cluster.enable_vvols or host.enable_vvols :


admin@localhost> cluster.enable_vvols cluster="Stretched Cluster"
Default_Protocol_Endpoint: Volume "Default_Protocol_Endpoint" mapped to LUN 20 in cluster "Stretched Cluster"

If you want to select the LUN manually, run:


admin@localhost> cluster.enable_vvols cluster="Stretched Cluster" vvols_pe_lun=200
Default_Protocol_Endpoint: Volume "Default_Protocol_Endpoint" mapped to LUN 200 in cluster "Stretched Cluster"



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