What's New in the 4.3.0 Pure Storage vSphere Client Plugin

Published on April 21, 2020 under Pure Storage and VMware · Tagged vSphere Plugin and vCenter Server · Read in about 3 min (483 words)

On April 2, 2020 Pure Storage released the latest version of their plugin version 4.3.0! This post will explore the latest features in this release!

The Release Notes

4.3.0 Release Notes for the Pure Storage vSphere Client Plugin

What’s New

  • Support vSphere 7.0
  • Support for NVMe-oF datastore identification
  • Full ActiveCluster/Pod Datastore Provisioning
  • Support for non-uniform ActiveCluster host clusters
  • Volume Group management
  • IOPS/Throughput limit assignment on datastores and/or volume groups

Fixed issues

  • Changed passwords could appear in debug logs of vSphere.
  • Leading or trailing white space automatically removed when pasting a JWT into the Pure1 authentication
  • Invalid Pure1 key will show true error message from Pure1
  • Improved vVol datastore mounting workflow
  • Datastore size allowed non-numeric numbers
  • Fixed bad error messages with vVol datastore mounting

Known issues

  • No RBAC support
  • When creating a datastore through the vSphere Client Plugin you may encounter an error Error loading array list
    • A fix is currently being tested to be certified as part of 4.3.1

Compatibility

  • The plugin is certified to run on all versions of vSphere 6.7 and vSphere 7.

You can view more detailed compatibility information on the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Feature Spotlight

With the release of new features its always great to see them in action! Let’s dive in to the new features of the 4.3.0 Plugin!

vSphere 7.0 Support

With the release of vSphere 7 on April 2nd, the Pure Storage Plugin was certified and ready to be used on day 1!

Support for NVMe-oF datastore identification

When a datastore is connected via NVMe-oF the plugin can now provide the following limited details.

View Volume Details

Manage FlashArray Snapshots

Support for more NVMe-oF workflows will be available in a future release of the vSphere Client Plugin.

Full ActiveCluster/Pod Datastore Provisioning

When creating a datastore it can be assigned to an existing Pod on the FlashArray.

Support for non-uniform ActiveCluster host clusters

When creating an ActiveCluster Datastore, if the connections are non-uniform you will now be presented with the following warning warning.

Volume Group management

When navigating to Menu -> Pure Storage you can Create and Edit a Volume Group.

Also, the Volume Group can now be modified on creation.

Also, it can be modified on an existing datastore by navigating to Right Click Datastore -> Pure Storage -> Edit Datastore and choose the Volume Group dropdown.

IOPS/Throughput limit assignment on datastores and/or volume groups

The IOPS and Bandwidth Limit of a volume can be modified on creation.

It can also be modified on an existing datastore by navigating to Right Click Datastore -> Pure Storage -> Edit Datastore.

Updating the Pure Storage vSphere Client Plugin

If you are ready to upgrade, check out how to update the Pure Storage vSphere Plugin.

Wrap Up

This post has been an overview of all the latest features, which one is your favorite? Is there something you would like to see in a future release? Leave a comment below!

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