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 options from a datastore right-click menu to perform basic tasks for a selected datastore.

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



    Register VM

    Register an existing virtual machine in the inventory. See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.

    Increase Datastore Capacity

    Increase the capacity of the VMFS datastore or add an extent. See Increase VMFS Datastore Capacity.

    Browse Files

    Navigate to the datastore file browser. See Use Datastore Browser.


    Change the datastore name. See Change Datastore Name.

    Mount Datastore

    Mount the datastore to certain hosts. See Mount Datastores.

    Unmount Datastore

    Unmount the datastore from certain hosts. See Unmount Datastores.

    Maintenance Mode

    Use datastore maintenance mode. See the vSphere Resource Management documentation.

    Configure Storage I/O Control (VMFS)

    Enable Storage I/O Control for the VMFS datastore. See the vSphere Resource Management documentation.

    Edit Space Reclamation (VMFS)

    Change space reclamation settings for the VMFS datastore. See Change Space Reclamation Settings.

    Delete Datastore (VMFS)

    Remove the VMFS datastore. See Remove VMFS Datastores.

    Tags & Custom Attributes

    Use tags to encode information about the datastore. See Assign Tags to Datastores.

  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.