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Level 4
Level 4

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This workflow creates a new Masking View for shared VMFS Datastore (FC) access on ESXi Cluster on Vblock 7XX Converged Stack.

Compatible UCS Director Versions:

UCS Director 5.0.x


Virtualization, Compute, Network and Storage


Cisco UCS Director

VCE Vblock 7XX


  • The Vblock 7XX Infrastructure components (VMware vCenter, Cisco UCSM, Cisco Nexus 5Ks, MDS Switches (If any), Cisco Nexus 1000v & EMC VMAX Storage Array) are added into UCS Director
  • ThinPool on VMAX is pre-configured
  • Note: This workflow meant to be used only for initial Masking View creation for an ESXi Cluster. While configuring the Masking View through this workflow, a Dummy Thin Device/LUN is created with the size of 5GB. This Dummy Thin Device can be deleted after adding first VMFS Datastore to ESXi Cluster. The Dummy Device is created because Masking View cannot be created without any mappable devices exist in the selected Storage Group.

Workflow Tasks Included:

  1. Select ESXi Cluster (Custom Task, it is imported along with the workflow)
  2. Create VMAX Initiator Group
  3. Create VMAX Port Group
  4. Create VMAX Thin Device
  5. Bind Thin Devices to VMAX Thin Pool
  6. Create VMAX Storage Group
  7. Add Thin Devices to VMAX Storage Group
  8. Create VMAX Masking View

User Inputs:

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

User InputUser Input Description
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
VMAX_STORAGE_ACCOUNTSelect VMAX Account for Datastore Creation
VMAX_FC_TARGET_PORTSSelect VMAX SAN FC Target Ports for ESXi Cluster Datastores
VMAX_THIN_POOL_IDENTITYSelect the Thin Pool for binding dummy thin device

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, Select 'Create_New_VMAX_MaskView_for_ESXi_Cluster_On_Vblock_7XX' and Then click "Next".
  7. Click "Submit".
  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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