VAAI NFS Netapp plugin for vSphere unable to install using VSC

by Grzegorz Kulikowski

normally we should be able to install plugin from netapp for NFS VAAI support using the VSC console. I managed to do it for some hosts, then i started to update my hosts to latest build and from this moment i could no longer install the nfs vaai plugin for hosts using vsc. All hosts were updated to VMware ESXi 5.0.0 build-914586. Update manager could not help, vsc could not help… What helped :
1) download from netapp website the zip bundle
2) put it directly to host for example
3) using esxcli install it, so ssh to your esxi host

cd /vmfs/volumes/your_datastore_where_the_zip_is
/vmfs/volumes/2d1303c2-270be8c4 # esxcli software vib install -d file://$PWD/
Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: NetApp_bootbank_NetAppNasPlugin_1.0-018
VIBs Removed:
VIBs Skipped:
4) Reboot host
5) Let’s party !!! vaai is now [ON] 🙂

You can then check if everything is correct
1) esxcli software vib list -> check for netapp part
2) vmkfstools -Ph /vmfs/volumes/your_datastore -> check for : “NAS VAAI Supported: YES”
3) check in vSphere client -> configuration/storage if this datastore has now Supported value in Hardware acceleration
4) After installation you should see file in here on your esxi host:
After host reboot you should see file in here on your esxi host:

When troubleshooting plugin installation using netapp vsc, you can check log : /var/log/esxupdate.log to see why in your case it is not installing it correctly

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dprentice February 14, 2014 - 8:34 am

Awesome Post!!! I am running the exact same build of ESXi and was wondering why the VAAI Plugin was not installing. Thanks for your assistance. Worked Perfectly.

vilpatel (@vilpatel) April 10, 2014 - 6:11 pm

great post , Only Part that is not working is ” altbootbank/NetAppNa.v00″ I do not see this file. Also even though vmkfstools -Ph output shows vaai supported when i tried to do storage vmotion it still does not make any difference. I thought this suppose to offload the copy operation.
Viral patel

psvmware April 10, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Hi there, do you see shorter time when deploying vm from template ? where: template is on the same datastore where there is destination for the vm ? Please check some post on netapp website how does that offload works. For example, it will work blazing fast if you deploy template from: DS01, and you deploy vm to DS01. But it will take more time if you will deploy it to DS02 from a template located od DS01.


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