Access the Datastores view with the vSphere Client navigator.

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


  1. Navigate to any inventory object that is a valid parent object of a datastore, such as a host, a cluster, or a data center, and click the Datastores tab.

    Datastores that are available in the inventory appear in the center panel.

  2. Use the icons from a datastore right-click menu to perform basic tasks for a selected datastore.

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



    Register an existing virtual machine in the inventory.

    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.




    View statistics and configuration for the selected datastore.


    View alarms, performance data, resource allocation, events, and other status information for the datastore.


    View and modify datastore properties. Menu items that you can see depend on the datastore type.


    Assign or edit permissions for the selected datastore.


    Navigate to the datastore file browser.


    View hosts where the datastore is mounted.


    View virtual machines that reside on the datastore.