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VMWARE 5.5 and VSAN

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Hi Experts,

with the new client I have seen VSAN in vmware 5.5
I just use 2 hosts with a SAN.
So can I use VSAN and how to set it up ?
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You will need SSDs or emulated SSDs (if possible!, however this is a hack!)

see here to quickly setup VMware vSAN, all you need to know with step by step instructions
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what exactly is a nested esxi ?
A vm with esxi on esxi running ?
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A nested ESXi server, is a virtual machine with ESXi installed, hosted by ESXi.

You do not need to concern yourself with nested ESXi servers, as you have two physical servers.

VMware vExperts use Nested ESXi Servers in Labs for Testing, when we do not have enough ESXi host servers.
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ok, can you help me to setup this emulated SSD ´s ?
Do I need nested ESXi servers for it ?
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You do not need nested ESXi.

Emulated SSDs is another long question.

It's also NOT Supported, and is a HACK!
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ok thanks for this manual.

But when I have a testlab of esxi cluster with 2 hosts, then I can test this emulated SSD´s right ?
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vSAN only works with SSDs.

So if creating a test lab, you will need to use emulated SSDs, if you do not have any, and if you are using nested ESXi you will need emulated SSDs.
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thanks.
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