ESXi can access a designated NFS volume located on a NAS server, mount the volume, and use it for its storage needs. You can use NFS volumes to store and boot virtual machines in the same way that you use VMFS datastores.

ESXi supports NFS version 3. With NFS, the following storage capabilities are supported:

  • vMotion

  • VMware DRS and VMware HA

  • ISO images, which are presented as CD-ROMs to virtual machines

  • Virtual machine snapshots

  • Virtual machines with large capacity virtual disks, or disks greater than 2TB.

When you work with NFS storage, the following considerations apply:

  • The maximum size of NFS datastores depends on the support that an NFS server provides. ESXi does not impose any limits on the NFS datastore size.

  • NFS does not support IPv6.

  • If you use non-ASCII characters to name datastores and virtual machines, make sure that the underlying NFS server offers internationalization support. If the server does not support international characters, use only ASCII characters, otherwise unpredictable failures might occur.