When you define storage policies for virtual machines, you specify storage requirements for applications that will run on the virtual machines.

A storage policy can be based on data services that are advertised by a storage entity or on datastore tags. The policy can also reference common data services that the I/O filters framework provides.


  • If you use VM storage policies with storage providers, verify that an appropriate storage provider is registered. See Using Storage Providers.
  • Required privileges: VM storage policies.Update and VM storage policies.View.

What to do next

You can apply this storage policy to virtual machines. If you use object-based storage, such as Virtual SAN and Virtual Volumes, you can designate this storage policy as the default.