You can use the Add Storage wizard to mount an NFS volume and use it as if it were a VMFS datastore.


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

Because NFS requires network connectivity to access data stored on remote servers, before configuring NFS, you must first configure VMkernel networking.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Client and select the host from the Inventory panel.
  2. Click the Configuration tab and click Storage in the Hardware panel.
  3. Click Datastores and click Add Storage.
  4. Select Network File System as the storage type and click Next.
  5. Enter the server name, the mount point folder name, and the datastore name.
    For the server name, you can enter an IP address, a DNS name, or an NFS UUID.
    Note: When you mount the same NFS volume on different hosts, make sure that the server and folder names are identical across the hosts. If the names do not match exactly, the hosts see the same NFS volume as two different datastores. This might result in a failure of such features as vMotion. An example of such discrepancy could be if you enter filer as the server name on one host and on the other.
  6. (Optional) Select Mount NFS read only if the volume is exported as read only by the NFS server.
  7. Click Next.
  8. In the Network File System Summary page, review the configuration options and click Finish.