You can provision virtual machines on a vVols datastore.

Note: All virtual disks that you provision on a vVols datastore must be an even multiple of 1 MB.

A virtual machine that runs on a vVols datastore requires an appropriate VM storage policy.

After you provision the virtual machine, you can perform typical VM management tasks. For information, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.


  1. Define a VM storage policy for vVols.
    VMware provides a default No Requirements storage policy for vVols. If you need, you can create a custom storage policy compatible with vVols.

    See Create a VM Storage Policy for vVols.

  2. Assign the vVols storage policy to the virtual machine.
    To guarantee that the vVols datastore fulfills specific storage requirements when allocating a virtual machine, associate the vVols storage policy with the virtual machine.

    See Assign Storage Policies to Virtual Machines.

  3. Change default storage policy for a vVols datastore.
    For virtual machines provisioned on vVols datastores, VMware provides a default No Requirements policy. You cannot edit this policy, but you can designate a newly created policy as default.

    See Change the Default Storage Policy for a Datastore.