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This workflow provisions a new NFS Datastore to ESXi Cluster running on Vblock 300/320 Converged Stack.

Compatible UCS Director Versions:

UCS Director 5.0,x


Virtualization, Compute, Network and Storage


Cisco UCS Director

VCE Vblock 3XX


  • The Vblock 3XX Infrastructure components (VMware vCenter, Cisco UCSM, Cisco Nexus 5Ks, MDS Switches (If any), Cisco Nexus 1000v & EMC VNX Storage Array) are added into UCS Director
  • ESXi Cluster is configured and each ESXi host is configured with VMkernel Interface for NFS Storage Access.
  • The VNX Datamovers are configured with NFS Storage Access Interface.
  • VNX Disk Volumes or Stripe Volumes are pre-created.

Workflow Tasks Included:

  1. Create VNX Volume (Slice Volume)
  2. Create VNX Volume (Meta Volume)
  3. Create VNX File System
  4. Add VNX NFS Export
  5. Select ESXi Cluster (Custom Task)
  6. Mount NFS Datastore

User Inputs:

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

User InputsUser Input Description
DATASTORE_NAMEEnter ESXi Datastore Name
DATASTORE_SIZE (MB)Enter ESXi Datastore Size in MB
SELECT_VNX_DISK_OR_STRIPE_VOLUMESelect VNX Disk Volume or Stripe Volume for ESXi Cluster NFS Datastore
SELECT_ESXI_CLUSTERSelect ESXi Cluster to which the Datastore is being added

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 InputsUser Input Description
VNX_ACCOUNTSelect VNX Storage Account
ESXI_CLUSTER_NFS_STORAGE_SUBNETEnter NFS Storage Access Subnet of ESXi Cluster (Ex:
VNX_DATAMOVERSelect Datamover on which the NFS Datastore Filesystem is created
VNX_DATMOVER_IP_ADDRESSEnter VNX Datamover IP Address on which NFS Export is created (Please make sure same Datamover is selected inside 'Create VNX File System' task.)

Workflow Additional Configuration:

After configuring the admin inputs, open the workflow using workflow designer and modify the below "TASKS" with appropriate user inputs. (Note: In upcoming versions, the below inputs should be able to configured as admin input values as well)

  • Create VNX Volume (Create VNX Slice Volume for Datastore): Open the Task ---> Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Next' ---> Select EMC VNX Account, Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Submit'
  • Create VNX Volume (Create VNX Meta Volume for Datastore): Open the Task ---> Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Next' ---> Select EMC VNX Account, Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Submit'

Instructions for Use:

  • Download the attached .ZIP file below to your computer. *Remember the location of the saved file on your computer.
  • Unzip the file on your computer. Should end up with a .WFDX file.
  • Log in to UCS Director as a user that has "system-admin" privileges.
  • Navigate to "Policies-->Orchestration" and click on "Import".
  • Click "Browse" and navigate to the location on your computer where the .WFDX file resides. Choose the .WFDX file and click "Open".
  • Click "Upload" and then "OK" once the file upload is completed, Select 'Add_New_NFS_Datastore_to_ESXi_Cluster_on_Vblock_3XX' and Then click "Next".
  • Click "Submit".
  • A new folder called 'Vblock-3XX-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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