Use the New datastore wizard to mount a Network File System (NFS) datastore in the VMware Host Client.


Because NFS requires network connectivity to access data on remote servers, before configuring NFS, you must first configure VMkernel networking.


  1. Click Storage in the VMware Host Client inventory and click Datastores.
  2. Click New datastore.
    The New datastore wizard opens.
  3. On the Select creation type page, click Mount NFS datastore and click Next.
  4. On the Provide NFS mount details page, provide the details for the NFS you mount.
    1. Enter a name for the NFS datastore.
    2. Enter the NFS server name.
      For the server name, you can enter an IP address, a DNS name, or an NFS UUID.
      Note: When you mount the same NFS volume on different hosts, make sure that the server and folder names are identical across the hosts. If the names do not match, the hosts detect the same NFS volume as two different datastores. This might result in a failure of features such as vMotion. An example of such discrepancy is if you enter filer as the server name on one host and on the other.
    3. Specify the NFS share.
    4. Specify the NFS version.
    5. Click Next.
  5. On the Ready to complete page, review the configuration settings for the NFS datastore and click Finish.