Datastores are logical containers that hide specifics of each storage device and provide a uniform model for storing virtual machine files. You can use datastores to store ISO images and virtual machine templates.

You can select from datastores already configured on the destination host or cluster.


  1. On the Storage page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, select a datastore in which to store the virtual machine files.
  2. (Optional) To turn off Storage DRS for the virtual machine, select Disable Storage DRS for this virtual machine.
  3. Click Next.
    If you selected a Typical configuration path, the Guest Operating System page appears. If you selected a Custom configuration path, the Virtual Machine Version page appears.