A datastore is a logical container that holds virtual machine files and other files necessary for virtual machine operations. Datastores can exist on different types of physical storage, including local storage, iSCSI, Fibre Channel SAN, or NFS. A datastore can be VMFS-based or NFS-based.


  • Open a vSphere Client session to a vCenter Server.
  • Verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a datastore object.
  • Verify that at least one host in the inventory has access to physical storage.


  1. Select Home > Inventory > Datastores.
  2. Right-click on a datacenter and select Add Datastore.
  3. Select a host and click Next.
  4. Select a type of storage and click Next.
    Option Description
    Disk or LUN
    1. Select a disk or LUN and click Next.
    2. Review the disk layout information and click Next.
    3. Enter a name for the datastore and click Next.
    4. Specify maximum file and block sizes.
    5. Specify disk or LUN capacity and click Next.
    Network File System
    1. Enter server and folder information.
    2. Select whether clients should mount the NFS as read-only.
    3. Enter a name and click Next.
  5. Review summary information and click Finish.


A datastore is added to the inventory.