we are thinking about moving from ONTAP edge to ONTAP select so I decided to try the ONTAP select before hand. I was able to deploy the OVA with the deployment VM and add the host but I cannot configure it.
I found the solution and as I suspected it is related to the Evaluation license on the ESXi host. This license causes the host to be marked as incompatible...
[WARN] [Fri Jul 8 15:17:29 2016]  ESX Host (192.168.1.100) is running with an unsupported VMware license (Evaluation Mode).
[WARN] [Fri Jul 8 15:17:29 2016]  A VMware Enterprise or Enterprise Plus license is required for Data ONTAP-v deployments. Using a different license may result in reduced functionality or incompatibility.
Does it mean I cannot use an evaluation ESXi license to evaluate the Ontap Select? I hope this is a bug and will be fixed because I do not understand why I need an ESXi license to evaluate a Netapp product 😞
ONTAP Select is supported on VMware Vsphere Enterprise or Enterprise+ license only. ONTAP Select is a virtual storage appliance and requires certain capabilities from the underlying hypervisor. You would need either Vsphere Enterprise or Enterprise+ license.
DataONTAPv-esx-standalone.ova for single node cluster to see if you can bypass the deploy utility, i tried this version but offcourse i have the vmware esxi enterprise version but the problem with this version is that it will ask for a base license to run the services.
We can always expect some bugs with the deployment utility but I dont think so Netapp will get rid of deploy utility as it is the netapp choosen way for centralized deployment of nodes,officially Netapp has not released Ontap select that supports nfs datastore yet but they will be releasing it shortly, sure of the exact release time though.