ESXi enables you to mark devices as local. This action is useful in cases when ESXi is unable to determine whether certain devices are local.


  • Make sure that the device is not shared.
  • Power off virtual machines that reside on the device and unmount an associated datastore.


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to the ESXi host.
  2. Click the Configure tab.
  3. Under Storage, click Storage Devices.
  4. From the list of storage devices, select one or several remote devices and click the Mark as Local icon.
  5. Click Yes to save your changes.