QNAP with vsphere 6.5

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QNAP with vsphere 6.5

Post by Rene72 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:58 pm


I am a little confused what to use/need to work with vsphere and qnap.

I have connected 3 iscsi luns to my vpshere box. I see that my qnap is vaai supported.

Do I need to install a qnap nas plugin (.vib) when yes whats the latest I only did find some post mention it but not the download link

I did install the QNAPvSpherePlugin, nothing happens ?!! Then I found QNAPvSpherePlugin_2_1_041 install nothing happens ?!
I found this what should be a plugin for webinterface QVWCPlugin_2.1.133 it installs but at the screen when you can fill in vcenter server + account both the fqdn and ip address fail cannot register it.

Did install QNAP_Snapshot_Agent_1_3_052 and it installs but at vcenter settings it does fail to connect.

Who has got the tools above working and on which vsphere server version.

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Re: QNAP with vsphere 6.5

Post by storageman » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:05 pm

I would raise a ticket. Once again documentation sparse on the ground.

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Re: QNAP with vsphere 6.5

Post by clueless1 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:24 pm

I'm interested in knowing what is the advantage of ESXI to the NAS over iSCSI vs. NFS shares. In my VMWare farm all ESXI hosts are connected via 10gbit over a dedicated switch to the NAS using NFS and I'm very happy with that.
Beside that, I would open a ticket, too. That sounds like a broken plugin.

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Re: QNAP with vsphere 6.5

Post by itognet » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:32 pm

Did you got answers from QNAP?

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Re: QNAP with vsphere 6.5

Post by noodles_gb » Thu May 09, 2019 3:54 pm

You only need the plugin for VAAI when using NFS. With iSCSI, providing your NAS supports it, VAAI should be enabled by default.

Check by one of two methods:

Go to host > configure > storage devices > select the QNAP device > check to see if Hardware Accelleration is supported.

Or use command line on a host:

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esxcli storage core device vaai status get
This is my QNAP:

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   VAAI Plugin Name:
   ATS Status: supported
   Clone Status: supported
   Zero Status: supported
   Delete Status: supported
More info here:

https://files.qnap.com/news/pressresour ... glish).pdf
VAAI for iSCSI supports 4 features
• Full copy (hardware-assisted copy)
• Block zeroing (hardware-assisted zeroing)
• Hardware-assisted locking
• Thin provisioning and space reclamation

VAAI for NAS (NFS) supports 3 features
• Full File Clone
• Space Reservation
• Extended Statistic

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