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

A storage policy can reference storage capabilities that are advertised by a storage entity. Or it can reference datastore tags. The policy can include components that enable data services, such as replication or caching, provided by I/O filters, storage systems, or other entities.


  • Make sure that the VM Storage Policies interface is populated with information about storage entities and data services that are available in your storage environment. See Populating the VM Storage Policies Interface.
  • Define appropriate storage policy components. See Create Storage Policy Components.
  • 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 vSAN and Virtual Volumes, you can designate this storage policy as the default.