You can create a named disk and attach it to one or more virtual machines 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 can create a shared disk that you can attach to multiple VMs.

Note: Although vSphere supports configurations like Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) and you can create a shared disk through physical SCSI bus sharing, VMware Cloud Director 10.2 does not support this feature. When creating a shared disk in VMware Cloud Director, you only create an underlying independent persistent disk in vSphere with multiwriter mode enabled.


  1. You must have an organization administrator role or disk owner rights.
  2. If you want to create a shared disk, you must have the Create a Shared Disk right.


  1. On the Virtual Data Center dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore and under Storage, from the left panel, select Named Disks.
  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.
  6. Select the bus type and subtype, from the Bus Type and Bus Sub-Type drop-down menus, respectively.
  7. If you want to attach the named disk to multiple VMs, select the Shareable check box.
    You cannot edit this setting later.
  8. Click Save.

What to do next

Use the VMware Cloud Director API to attach the independent disk to a virtual machine. See VMware Cloud Director API Programming Guide on VMware {code}.