You can create a named disk and attach it to a virtual machine at a later stage.

To create a named disk, you must specify its name and size. You can optionally include a description and select a storage profile to be used by the disk.


You must have an organization administrator role or disk owner rights.


  1. On the Virtual Datacenters dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore and under Storage, select Named Disks from the left panel.
  2. Click New.
  3. Enter a name and, optionally, a description of the disk.
  4. Select the storage policy from the Storage Policy drop-down menu.
  5. Enter the size of the named disk in bytes.
  6. Select the bus type and subtype, from the Bus Type and Bus Sub-Type drop-down menus, respectively, and click Save.

What to do next

Use the vCloud API to attach the independent disk to a virtual machine. See vCloud API Programming Guide for Service Providers on VMware {code}.