You can use the New Datastore wizard to mount an NFS volume.


  • Set up NFS storage environment.
  • If you plan to use Kerberos authentication with the NFS 4.1 datastore, make sure to configure the ESXi hosts for Kerberos authentication.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client navigator, select Global Inventory Lists > Datastores.
  2. Click the New Datastore icon.
  3. Type the datastore name and if necessary, select the placement location for the datastore.
    The vSphere Web Client enforces a 42 character limit for the datastore name.
  4. Select NFS as the datastore type.
  5. Specify an NFS version.
    • NFS 3
    • NFS 4.1
    Important: If multiple hosts access the same datastore, you must use the same protocol on all hosts.
  6. Type the server name or IP address and the mount point folder name.
    With NFS 4.1, you can add multiple IP addresses or server names if the server supports trunking. The host uses these values to achieve multipathing to the NFS server mount point.

    You can use IPv4 or IPv6 addresses for NFS 3 and non-Kerberos NFS 4.1.

  7. Select Mount NFS read only if the volume is exported as read-only by the NFS server.
  8. If you use Kerberos authentication with NFS 4.1, enable Kerberos on the datastore.
  9. If you are creating a datastore at the data center or cluster level, select hosts that mount the datastore.
  10. Review the configuration options and click Finish.