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.

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.


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


  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.


    Filter Name


    VMFS Filter


    RDM Filter


    Same Host and Transports Filter


    Host Rescan Filter


    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.