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Hi Experts,

can you guide me to install VSA on my 2 hosts ?
I am using  VMware5.5 with vCenter 5.5.
Maybe you have some steps to start VSA and create a small virtulized SAN.
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The VSA installation and administration guide can be found here:

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-storage-appliance-55-install-administration-guide.pdf

If you're expecting some kind of Quick Start guide, I have to disappoint you: VSA has a lot of prerequisites and you need a good understanding of the product to install it correctly.  You really need to study the installation & administration guide in detail.
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ok now I am reading the manual.
What is the maximum hosts I can use with VSA ? I have read 3 hosts is it right ?
because we plan to start with 2 and extend to 3, but I have read it is not possible, right ?
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You must create a 2 or 3 member cluster and you can't change this afterwards.

This is one of many limitations of VSA.
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hmm, this is bad, because later we wanted to expand to a third host.
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VSA is still relatively new and currently it is no replacement for a real SAN due to the limitations. We implemented it once but later replaced it with a real SAN, which provides much more flexibility.

Every version gets a little bit better, in a few years it will be a more mature product ready for enterprise use.
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ok, I think the same, so when I setup a 3 node VSA cluster and later I also connect a SAN then I can shift all vm´s to the SAN without problems right ?
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Sure, you can always (storage vmotion) the VMs to different datastores on different storage systems.
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