Storage DRS allows you to manage the aggregated resources of a datastore cluster. When Storage DRS is activated, it provides recommendations for virtual machine disk placement and migration to balance space and I/O resources across the datastores in the datastore cluster.
- Space load balancing among datastores within a datastore cluster.
- I/O load balancing among datastores within a datastore cluster.
- Initial placement for virtual disks based on space and I/O workload.
The Enable Storage DRS check box in the Datastore Cluster Settings dialog box activates or deactivates all of these components at once. If necessary, you can deactivate I/O-related functions of Storage DRS independently of space balancing functions.
When you deactivate Storage DRS on a datastore cluster, Storage DRS settings are preserved. When you activate Storage DRS, the settings for the datastore cluster are restored to the point where Storage DRS was deactivated.
- Browse to the datastore cluster in the vSphere Client.
- Click the Configure tab and click Services.
- Select Storage DRS and click Edit.
- Select Turn ON vSphere DRS and click OK.
- (Optional) To deactivate only I/O-related functions of Storage DRS, leaving space-related controls enabled, perform the following steps.
- Under Storage DRS select Edit.
- Deselect the Enable I/O metric for Storage DRS check box and click OK.