sandroalvesbras
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For inclusion of a new node in vSAN

Hello,

I have a vSAN with 3 nodes.

I want to include one more node.

Is there any rule for the hardware of this new server?

Or can it be any hardware?

Thank you.

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TheBobkin
VMware Employee
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Hello sandroalvesbrasil​,

For non-VxRail nodes it is supported to add any node whose server is on the ESXi HCL for the version in use and has controller(s),SSDs+MDs that are on the vSAN HCL.

However if you are using VxRail, new nodes need to be identical hardware to the ones in use.

Bob

sandroalvesbras
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To confirm understanding. The translation does not help much to me that I do not understand English well.

If I were using native vSAN, I could grow without rule of hardware capability (CPU, memory, and disk). Of course, there should be a good practice of using disks with the same speed and capacity for better performance.

For vxRail Dell environment is different, unfortunately.

That means in the future, in some 3 years, for example.

If I do not find the same hardware, can not I grow my environment?

Will I have acquired another vSAN environment?

I read that I could always grow with better hardware in CPU and memory. However, the discs need to be the same size.

Thank you.

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TheBobkin
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Hello sandroalvesbrasil​,

I could just be remembering how it seemed back when it was Quanta nodes (e.g. pre-Dell) - these were sold as 4-node 2U units and I recall them being fairly strict compatibility-wise. I will ask one of my VxRail colleagues whether node additions are a different situation now with Dell boxes.

Bob

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sandroalvesbras
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Thanks for the help.

This is a question that many end users ask, aiming for future growth.

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