johnminesota
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2 node VSAN and vCenter Server

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I want to install vsan. Do I have to add a switch when installing 2 node vsan. Can't I directly connect the nodes? Also, is it necessary to install vCenter Server for VSAN?

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tayfundeger
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You can review the guide below for 2 node vsan. He will answer all your questions.

vSAN 2 Node Guide | VMware

You can also connect VSAN nodes and use them without a switch. Therefore, it is a cost-effective solution. You need to have vCenter Server for VSAN. Yes, when you search from the internet, you will see that VSAN can be installed without a vCenter Server, but it is recommended by VMware to have a vCenter Server.

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tayfundeger
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You can review the guide below for 2 node vsan. He will answer all your questions.

vSAN 2 Node Guide | VMware

You can also connect VSAN nodes and use them without a switch. Therefore, it is a cost-effective solution. You need to have vCenter Server for VSAN. Yes, when you search from the internet, you will see that VSAN can be installed without a vCenter Server, but it is recommended by VMware to have a vCenter Server.

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johnminesota
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thank you man. Do you recommend 2 node vsan? Is it problematic?

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tayfundeger
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2 node vsan is actively used and preferred. Just note that the hardware you will use is vsan ready. For VSAN, it is recommended to use VSAN Ready hardware.

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johnminesota
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Thank you very much! I will do my tests on nested esxi first.

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tayfundeger
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You can create vsan using nested esxi. This is quite simple and there are a lot of resources.

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