7.2.4. How to install plugin for VAAI

From the VMware ESXi server, it becomes the procedure to install the plug-in necessary for using VAAI.

This procedure is based on the assumption that you have applied file storage standard in advance and have completed data store mounting on ESXi server beforehand. Obtain binary for VAAI plugin

For binaries of this plugin please request with a support ticket.
We will provide DL link.
Please ticket the contents of the support ticket below.


Datacenter / Enterprise Cloud 2.0 Service Providermunications Support / General Inquiry

Case Type

Request for Infomation


File Storage Standard VAAI Plugin Download Request

Service Menu

File Storage

Tenant ID

<Teanant ID>



Time and date that the incident occurred


Was it operating correctly before this incident?


Is the incident still occurring?



Please provide binary of VAAI plugin.




General Request

Files Upload

Not Attached Plugin installation on ESXi

Confirm that VAAI of ESXi server is valid

If VAAI is valid, the following two values are 1.
# esxcfg-advcfg -g /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedMove
  Value of HardwareAcceleratedMove is 1
# esxcfg-advcfg -g /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedInit
  Value of HardwareAcceleratedInit is 1

If VAAI is invalid, activate it with the following command.
# esxcfg-advcfg -s 1 /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedInit
 Value of HardwareAcceleratedInit is 1
# esxcfg-advcfg -s 1 /DataMover/HardwareAcceleratedMove
 Value of HardwareAcceleratedMove is 1

Installing plug-in for VAAI

1. Copy the acquired VAAI plug-in to the ESXi host

Please transfer by SCP transfer by SSH connection or vSphere WebClient.

2. Check the information of the VAAI plug-in to be installed

# esxcli software sources vib list -d <VAAI plug-in file path>
Name             Version  Vendor  Creation Date  Acceptance Level  Status
---------------  -------  ------  -------------  ----------------  ------
NetAppNasPlugin  1.1.2-3  NetApp  2016-11-03     VMwareAccepted    New

3. Installing the VAAI plugin

# esxcli software vib install -n NetAppNasPlugin -d <VAAI plug-in file path>
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_1.1.2-3
VIBs Removed:
VIBs Skipped:

4. Restart the ESXi server

# reboot

5. Confirmation after installation

Make sure that the VAAI plugin is installed correctly.
# esxcli software vib list | grep NetApp
NetAppNasPlugin                1.1.2-3                                NetApp   VMwareAccepted    2017-03-16

6. Confirmation of mount status

The mounted volumes are available under the “/vmfs/volumes” directory.
# esxcfg-nas -l
<Data Store name> is /v75d3af60ce754332927c0d062ff57216 from mounted available

7. Confirm that the mounted data store supports VAAI

Make sure that “NAS VAAI Supported: YES” is displayed.
# vmkfstools -Ph /vmfs/volumes/<Data Store Name>/
NFS-1.00 file system spanning 1 partitions.
File system label (if any): <Data Store Name>
Mode: public
Capacity xxxxx GB, xxxxx GB available, file block size 4 KB, max supported file size 16.0 TB
UUID: 39f62896-d74e6fdb-0000-000000000000
Partitions spanned (on "notDCS"):
  nfs:<Data Store Name>
NAS VAAI Supported: YES
Is Native Snapshot Capable: YES