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This workflow provisions a new VMFS Datastore (FC) to ESXi Cluster running on Vblock 3XX 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
  • Atleast one ESXi Host (SAN Booted) exist in ESXi Cluster
  • The SAN Zoning between ESXi Hosts and VNX Storage Array was already configured.

Workflow Tasks Included:

  1. Select ESXi Cluster (Custom Task, it is imported along with the workflow)
  2. Create VNX LUN
  3. Add VNX LUN to Storage Group
  4. Associate VNX LUN 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
VNX_SP_A_OR_BSelect VNX Controller SP A or SP B

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 LUN (Create VNX LUN for ESXi VMFS Datastore): Open the Task ---> Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Next' ---> Select EMC VNX Account, Select Storage Pool Type, Select RAID Type, and Select Storage Pool / RIAD Group Name for New LUN, Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Submit'

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 'Add_New_VMFS_Datastore_to_ESXi_Cluster_on_Vblock_3XX' and Then click "Next".
  7. Click "Submit".
  8. 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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