How to Create vSAN VMkernel Step by Step

vSAN requires the VMkernel for the networking. Every host participating in vSAN Cluster must have 1 VMkernel dedicated for vSAN. It is recommended to use the separate traffic link for the vSAN instead of using it with the existing management or VM network. So in order to create a VMkernel you will require 1 IP for the VMkernel configuration.

In this series of vSAN we have looked at various vSAN features and components. In this post we will see on the first step before configuring vSAN Cluster is to create vSAN VMkernel Network. You will find the step by step each settings on how to create the vSAN VMkernel network. You can create vSAN VMkernel on any of the switches either it is standard switch or the distributed switch. Before creating the vSAN VMkernel make sure you have required IP Addresses for each host in the vSAN Cluster and the networking in between is working properly.

Let’s start the vSAN VMkernel creation:

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.
Choose Host on which you want to create a VMkernel.
Go to Configure TAB > Select Virtual Switches under Networking.
Click on the icon below Virtual Switches.


Step 2:
Choose VMkernel Network Adapter.
Click Next.


Step 3:
Select the target device for the VMkernel creation.
You can either create a new switch or go with an existing switch.
Select the appropriate option.
Click Next.


Step 4:
Provide the Network label Name.
Choose vSAN in the Available Services section.
Click Next.


Step 5:
Provide the IPv4 Settings for the vSAN VMkernel.
Click Next.


Step 6:
Review all the configuration.
Click Finish to create.



It will just take few seconds to create vSAN VMkernel. Once it is created you will see vSAN VMkernel is listed.



That’s it we have successfully created a vSAN VMkernel for the vSAN which is prerequisite for the vSAN Cluster setup. In the Next post we will see on How to create vSAN Cluster.

Checkout Our Posts on vSAN:

What is VMware vSAN ?

vSAN Hybrid vs All Flash Overview.

What is Disk Group in vSAN ?

vSAN Objects and Components Overview.

vSAN Deduplication and Compression Overview.

vSAN Storage Policies Overview.

How to Configure vSAN Step by Step ?

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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