You can apply a storage policy to a virtual machine to specify storage requirements for applications that run on the virtual machine.

You can apply a policy to a powered-off or powered-on virtual machine.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, browse to the virtual machine.
  2. Click the Manage tab, and click VM Storage Policies.
  3. Click Manage VM Storage Policies.
  4. Apply the storage policy to the virtual machine configuration files by selecting the policy from the Home VM Storage Policy drop-down menu.

    The virtual machine configuration files include .vmx, .vmsd, .nvram, and so on.

  5. Apply the storage policy to virtual disks.
    • Click Apply to disks to apply the same home policy to all virtual disks.

    • Under VM Storage Policies for Virtual Disks, select a virtual disk and apply a policy from the VM Storage Policy drop-down menu. This option associates each virtual disk with a specified policy. Use this option if you store your virtual disks separately from the virtual machine configuration files.

  6. Click OK.


The storage policy is assigned to the virtual machine and its disks.