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vSphere Plugin User Guide: NFS Management

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Prerequisites:  This KB article assumes that the remote vSphere Plugin has been installed to vCenter, that one or more FlashArray(s) have been added as a connection to it, that one or more ESXi host(s) or clusters have been configured for use with the plugin and that the FlashArray(s) are on Purity version 6.4.0 or later.

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Creating an NFS Datastore

This feature was introduced in vSphere plugin version 5.3.1.

From the hosts and clusters view in vCenter, right-click (1) on the cluster or host where you want to mount the NFS datastore, hover over (2) Pure Storage then left-click (3) Create Datastore.


Select (1) NFS then left-click (2) NEXT.


Select (1) the cluster or hosts the datastore will be connected to then left-click (2) NEXT.


There are two options on this page: (1) Create a new file system or (4) Use a file system that has already been configured for NFS. If creating a new file system, populate the (2) Name and (3) Datastore Size then left-click (5) NEXT.


Optional: Select (1) Use a file system that has already been configured for NFS, select the (2) File System needed for this datastore and left-click (3) NEXT.NFSDatastoreCreation4-1.png

Select a (1) Pod or None for the file system to live in on the FlashArray. Pod membership is not a requirement of creating a file system on FlashArray. Left-click (2) NEXT.


Select a (1) Policy type for the file system to have. Otherwise select Unrestricted or Restricted then left-click (2) NEXT.


Optional: If creating a custom policy is desired, populate a (1) Policy Name first. Select the (2) Client, Access and Permission required. Left-click (3)+ ADD RULE then finally left-click (4) NEXT.

For NFS datastores on VMware, no-root-squash is required and read-write is recommended for everything except if using the datastore for manual FlashArray snapshot recovery. More details on policies can be found here.


Check or optionally uncheck the (1) Enable Autodir checkbox then left-click (2) NEXT. It is recommended to enable automatic directory mapping in order to gain VM granular reporting and management on the FlashArray. More can be read about this feature in this KB.


Review the details then left-click (1) FINISH.


NFS Datastore Details

This feature was introduced in vSphere plugin version 5.3.1.

To see the FlashArray details of the NFS datastore, left-click the (1) Datastore view, left-click the (2) FlashArray-backed NFS datastore, select the (4) Monitor tab, select (5) Summary under the Pure Storage heading and finally (6) see the FlashArray details of the NFS datastore.