To use storage policies for virtual machines, you must enable them for a host or a cluster.


Verify that a single host or all the hosts in a cluster, where you want to enable the policies, include the Storage Policies license.


  1. From the vSphere Web Client Home, click Rules and Profiles > VM Storage Policies.
  2. Click the Enable VM Storage Policies icon (Enable VM Storage Policies icon.).
  3. Select the vCenter Server instance.
    All clusters and hosts available for the selected server appear. You can see the server licensing status and whether storage policies are enabled.
  4. To enable storage policies, select a host or a cluster whose status is Disabled or Unknown and click Enable.


The status of the host or cluster changes to Enabled.

What to do next

You can apply storage policies to virtual machines that run on the enabled host or cluster.