You have several options for using VASA Provider for ONTAP to create new storage capability profiles. You can create a profile manually, you can automatically generate a profile based on the capabilities of a datastore, or you can modify the profile to meet your requirements. After setting up a profile, you can edit the profile as required.
You must have registered your VASA Provider instance with Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere.
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|Create a profile||Click the icon.|
|Edit an existing profile||Select the profile that you want to modify on the Objects page, and then either choose the icon or click Edit from the Actions menu.|
|Identifying multiple profiles||You can use the Description field on the Name and Description tab to describe the purpose of the storage capability profile.
Having a good description is useful because it is a good practice to set up different profiles based on the applications that are being used.
For example, a business-critical application requires a profile with capabilities that support higher performance, such as an AFF platform. A datastore that is used for testing or training might use a profile with a lower performance FAS platform and enable all of the storage efficiency capabilities and tiering to control costs.
If you have enabled linked mode for your vCenter Servers, then you must select the vCenter Server for which you are creating the storage capability profile.
|Personality|| You can select your storage system to have either the AFF or FAS platform type.
The options on the subsequent screens are updated based on your selection of the type of storage system.
|Performance|| You can select whether you want to set traditional QoS policies or adaptive QoS policies for your storage system by using the Performance tab.
Note: You must ensure that the performance metrics for VVol management are not set separately at an storage virtual machine (SVM) level, an aggregate level, or a FlexVol volume level.
|Storage Attributes|| You can configure the space reserve to be either Thin or Thick. The other storage attributes that you can enable in this tab depend on the storage type that you select in the Personality tab.
The tiering attribute enables the use of volumes that are part of a FabricPool-enabled aggregate (supported by VASA Provider for AFF systems with ONTAP 9.4). You can configure one of the following policies for the tiering attribute:
After you create a profile, you can return to the VASA Provider for ONTAP page, and select Storage Mapping to view which profiles match which datastores.