Ever wondered how to deploy Virtual SAN when there is no vCenter available to begin with? Bootstrap method allows one to deploy VSAN datastore and then can be used to install vCenter. However, this does not mean we don’t require vCenter for VSAN. vCenter is definitely key to manage the full functioning of VSAN.
Apart from the bootstrapping method, additional methods to restart a VSAN cluster when vCenter is running on the VSAN datastore are described.
You can find the tech note titled, ‘Bootstrapping VSAN without vCenter’ on Developer Center, your one stop shop for all developer resources. For more information on VSAN, including other tech notes, visit the VSAN Architecture page.