vSphere Storage describes virtualized and software-defined storage technologies that VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter Server® offer, and explains how to configure and use these technologies.

Intended Audience

This information is for experienced system administrators who are familiar with the virtual machine and storage virtualization technologies, data center operations, and SAN storage concepts.

vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client

The instructions in this guide are specific primarily to the vSphere Client (an HTML5-based GUI). Most instructions also apply to the vSphere Web Client (a Flex-based GUI).

For the workflows that significantly differ between the two clients, vSphere Storage provides duplicate procedures. The procedures indicate when they are intended exclusively for the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client.


In vSphere 6.7, most of the vSphere Web Client functionality is implemented in the vSphere Client. For an up-to-date list of the unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client.