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VMware VCHA Deployment Failed With NFS Datastore – Error Occurred While Communicating With The Remote Host

It was a bizarre situation with the vCenter High Availability feature deployment and my VCHA Deployment failed with NFS Datastore configuration. We have been working with many VCHA deployments and this issue appeared when there are NFS datastore configured and used to deploy the vCenter Server cluster. If you are not sure with the VMware VCHA deployment please read my previous article.

Symptoms Appeared In The Deployment

We used VCHA simple deployment method and it didn’t show us an error when we were running the wizard, but operation failed with the below error

An error occurred while communicating with the remote host

VCHA Deployment Failed With NFS Datastore : Appeared error

With my own experience there were few issues while the Simple deployment and we were able to fix them with the Advanced Deployment, which means cloning the vCenter server manually. Even this time it didn’t successful and below error appeared while it deleting the temporary snapshot and vCenter ended up with an unexpected reboot

VCHA Deployment Failed With NFS Datastore : Advanced Mode error

What Was The Issue Behind This And How To Fix It

It was because of the NFS 3 datasore and this was intended behavior with this version.

If you are enabling VCHA feature with the NFS datastore you have to use NFS v4 as the datastore

NFS v3 has 40 seconds lock timeout and, it had been identified as the limitation for this VCHA configuration. But you can manually clone the vCenter Virtual Machine to the same host and it will eliminate the 40 seconds lock time out issue. However, NFS v3 is not the optimal configuration for VCHA and there can be many issues after the deployment. There for the recommendation is to use NFS v4

You can find the VMware documentation for this from here.

Aruna Lakmal

Associate Technical Specialist at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 7 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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