Configure a swapfile location for the host to determine the default location for virtual machine swapfiles.

By default, swapfiles for a virtual machine are located on a VMFS3 datastore in the folder that contains the other virtual machine files. However, you can configure your host to place virtual machine swapfiles on an alternative datastore.

You can use this option to place virtual machine swapfiles on lower-cost or higher-performance storage. You can also override this host-level setting for individual virtual machines.

Setting an alternative swapfile location might cause migrations with vMotion to complete more slowly. For best vMotion performance, store virtual machine swapfiles in the same directory as the virtual machine.

If vCenter Server manages your host, you cannot change the swapfile location if you connect directly to the host by using the vSphere Client. You must connect the vSphere Client to the vCenter Server system.


Launch the vSphere Client and log in to a vCenter Server system.

Required privilege: Host machine.Configuration.Storage partition configuration


  1. In the vSphere Client, select the host in the inventory.
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. Click the Virtual Machine Swapfile Location link.

    The Configuration tab displays the selected swapfile location. If configuration of the swapfile location is not supported on the selected host, the tab indicates that the feature is not supported.

    If the host is part of a cluster, and the cluster settings specify that swapfiles are to be stored in the same directory as the virtual machine, you cannot edit the swapfile location from the host configuration tab. To change the swapfile location for such a host, use the Cluster Settings dialog box.

  4. Click Edit.
  5. Select either Store the swapfile in the same directory as the virtual machine or Store the swapfile in a swapfile datastore selected below.
    If you select Store the swapfile in a swapfile datastore selected below, select a datastore from the list.
  6. Click OK.


The virtual machine swapfile is stored in the location you selected.