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Add VMAX Storage as VMFS Datastore (FC) to ESXi Cluster on Vblock 7XX

Version NumberComments
1.0Initial Version

Workflow Name:



This workflow provisions a new VMFS Datastore (FC) to ESXi Cluster carving the storage from VMAX storage array running on Vblock 7XX Converged Stack.

Compatible UCS Director Versions:

UCS Director6.x


Virtualization, Compute, Network and Storage


Cisco UCS Director


  • The Vblock 7XX Infrastructure components (VMware vCenter, Cisco UCSM, Cisco Nexus 5Ks, MDS Switches (If any), EMC VMAX Storage Array) are added into UCS Director
  • Atleast one ESXi Host (SAN Booted) configured in ESXi Cluster
  • The SAN Zoning between ESXi Hosts and VMAX Storage Array was already configured.
  • The Masking View for ESXi Cluster for shared Datastore access is pre-created. Please refer 'How to create Masking View for Shared Datastore access on ESXi Cluster'

Workflow Tasks Included:

  1. Select ESXi Cluster (Custom Task, it is imported along with the workflow)
  2. Create VMAX Thin Device
  3. Add Thin Devices to VMAX Storage Group
  4. Associate VMAX Thin Device as Datastore

User Inputs:

The below user inputs should be provided by user after executing the workflow.

User InputUser Input Description
DATASTORE_NAMEEnter ESXi Datastore Name
DATASTORE_SIZE (GB)Enter ESXi Datastore Size in GB
ESXI_CLUSTERSelect ESXi Cluster from drop-down to add VMFS Datastore

Admin Inputs:

The Admin Input values are pre-defined in the workflow by the admin user. Edit the Workflow properties, go to user inputs section and modify the below inputs appropriately.

User Input User Input Description
EMC_VMAX_ACCOUNTSelect VMAX Account for Datastore Creation
VMAX_THIN_POOL_IDENTITYSelect VMAX Think Pool for ESXi Datstore
ESXI_CLUSTER_VMAX_STORAGE_GROUPSelect Cluster Storage Group for Datastore Access

Workflow Additional Configuration:


Instructions for Use:

  1. Download the attached .ZIP file below to your computer. *Remember the location of the saved file on your computer.
  2. Unzip the file on your computer. Should end up with a .WFDX file.
  3. Log in to UCS Director as a user that has "system-admin" privileges.
  4. Navigate to "Policies-->Orchestration" and click on "Import".
  5. Click "Browse" and navigate to the location on your computer where the .WFDX file resides. Choose the .WFDX file and click "Open".
  6. Click "Upload" and then "OK" once the file upload is completed, and Then click "Next".
  7. Click "Import".
  8. A new folder called 'Vblock-7XX-Validated' should appear in "Policies-->Orchestration" that contains the imported workflow. You will now need to update the included tasks with information about the specific environment. (See Above)
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