When you perform VMFS datastore management operations, vCenter Server uses default storage protection filters. The filters help you to avoid storage corruption by retrieving only the storage devices that can be used for a particular operation. Unsuitable devices are not displayed for selection. You can turn off the filters to view all devices.

Before you begin

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

About this task

Before making any changes to the device filters, consult with the VMware support team. You can turn off the filters only if you have other methods to prevent device corruption.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Client, select Administration > vCenter Server Settings.
  2. In the settings list, select Advanced Settings.
  3. In the Key text box, type a key.

    Key

    Filter Name

    config.vpxd.filter.vmfsFilter

    VMFS Filter

    config.vpxd.filter.rdmFilter

    RDM Filter

    config.vpxd.filter.SameHostAndTransportsFilter

    Same Host and Transports Filter

    config.vpxd.filter.hostRescanFilter

    Host Rescan Filter

    Note:

    If you turn off the Host Rescan Filter, your hosts continue to perform a rescan each time you present a new LUN to a host or a cluster.

  4. In the Value text box, type False for the specified key.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click OK.

    You are not required to restart the vCenter Server system.