Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere software is a single vCenter Server plug-in that provides end-to-end lifecycle management for virtual machines in VMware environments using NetApp storage systems.
VSC integrates smoothly with the VMware vSphere Web Client and enables you to use Single Sign-on (SSO) services. In addition, the VSC Summary page allows you to quickly check the overall status of your vSphere environment.
By running VSC, you can perform tasks such as:
You can use VSC to add, remove, assign credentials, and set up permissions for storage controllers within your VMware environment. In addition, you can manage ESX and ESXi servers connected to NetApp storage. You can set values for host timeouts, NAS, and multipathing as well as view storage details and collect diagnostic information.
When you install a VASA Provider for clustered Data ONTAP and register it with VSC, you gain access to storage capability profiles and the ability to set alarms to warn you when the thresholds for volumes and aggregates are approaching full.
VSC uses FlexClone technology to let you efficiently create, deploy, and manage the lifecycle of virtual machines from an interface that has been integrated into the VMware environment.
You can use VSC to quickly check the alignment status of virtual machines. If there are alignment issues with the virtual machines, you can, in most cases, resolve those issues without having to power down the virtual machines.
VSC allows you to rapidly back up and restore virtual entities such as virtual machines or datastores on NetApp storage.
To provide security while performing tasks, VSC supports role-based access control (RBAC) at two levels:
These objects are managed using vCenter RBAC.
Storage systems are managed using Data ONTAP RBAC.
If access control is not an issue, you can log in as administrator and have access to all the features that VSC provides.
Tip: The View privilege is required for all users who do not have administrator privileges. Without this privilege, these users cannot see the VSC GUI.
As a vCenter Server plug-in, VSC is available to all vSphere Clients that connect to the vCenter Server. Unlike a client-side plug-in that must be installed on every vSphere Client, you install the VSC software on a Windows server in your data center.