For entities represented by storage (VASA) providers, verify that an appropriate provider is registered. After the storage providers are registered, the VM Storage Policies interface becomes populated with information about datastores and data services that the providers represent.

Entities that use the storage provider include vSAN, Virtual Volumes, and I/O filters. Depending on the type of the entity, some providers are self-registered. Other providers, for example, the Virtual Volumes storage provider, must be manually registered. After the storage providers are registered, they deliver the following data to the VM Storage Policies interface:
  • Storage capabilities and characteristics for such datastores as Virtual Volumes and vSAN.
  • Data services the I/O filters provide.


Register the storage providers that require manual registration. For more information, see the appropriate documentation:


  1. Browse to the vCenter Server instance.
  2. Click the Configure tab, and click Storage Providers.
  3. In the Storage Providers list, view the storage providers registered with vCenter Server.
    The list shows general information including the name of the storage provider, its URL and status, storage entities that the provider represents, and so on.
  4. To display more details, select a specific storage provider or its component from the list.