Access the Datastores view with the vSphere Web Client navigator.

Use the Datastores view to list all datastores available in the vSphere infrastructure inventory, analyze the information, and modify properties. You can also use the view to create datastores.


  1. Use one of the following methods to navigate to datastores.
    • In the vSphere Web Client navigator, select vCenter Inventory Lists > Datastores.
    • Browse to an object that is a valid parent object of a datastore, such as a data center, cluster, or host and click the Datastores tab.
    Datastores that are available in the inventory appear in the center panel.
  2. Use the icons to create a datastore or to perform basic tasks for a selected datastore.

    Availability of specific icons depends on the type of the datastore and its configuration.

    Icon Description
    Register an existing virtual machine in the inventory.
    Create a datastore icon. Create a datastore.
    Increase datastore capacity icon. Increase datastore capacity.
    Navigate to the datastore file browser.
    Manage storage providers.
    Mount datastore. Mount a datastore to certain hosts.
    Remove a datastore icon. Remove a datastore.
    Unmount a datastore icon. Unmount a datastore from certain hosts.
  3. To view specific datastore details, click a selected datastore.
  4. Use tabs to access additional information and modify datastore properties.
    Tab Description
    Getting Started View introductory information and access basic actions.
    Summary View statistics and configuration for the selected datastore.
    Monitor View alarms, performance data, resource allocation, events, and other status information for the datastore.
    Configure View and modify datastore properties. Menu items that you can see depend on the datastore type.
    Permissions Assign or edit permissions for the selected datastore.
    Files Navigate to the datastore file browser.
    Hosts View hosts where the datastore is mounted.
    VMs View virtual machines that reside on the datastore.