Use claim rules to enable the high-performance plug-in (HPP) on your ESXi host.

You can use the ESXi Shell or vSphere CLI to configure the HPP claim rules. For more information, see Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces and vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference.


Enabling the HPP is not supported on PXE booted ESXi hosts.


  • Upgrade your vSphere environment to version 6.7 or later.

  • Have high-speed local flash devices installed on your ESXi host.


  1. Create an HPP claim rule by running the following sample command.

    esxcli storage core claimrule add -r 10 -t vendor -V=NVMe -M=* -P HPP --force-reserved

    This sample command instructs the HPP to claim all devices with the vendor NVMe. Modify this rule to claim the devices you specify. Make sure to follow these recommendations:

    • For the rule ID parameter, use the number within the 1–49 range to make sure that the HPP claim rule precedes the build-in NMP rules. The default NMP rules 50–54 are reserved for locally attached storage devices.

    • Use the --force-reserved option. With this option, you can add a rule into the range 0–100 that is reserved for internal VMware use.

  2. Reboot your host for your changes to take effect.
  3. Verify that the HPP claimed the appropriate device.

    esxcli storage core device list

       Display Name: Local NVMe Disk (mpx.vmhba2:C0:T0:L0)
       Multipath Plugin: HPP