An ESXi host uses storage adapters to access different storage devices. You can display details for the available storage adapters and review their information.


You must enable certain adapters, for example software iSCSI or FCoE, before you can view their information. To configure adapters, see the following:


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to the ESXi host.
  2. Click the Configure tab.
  3. Under Storage, click Storage Adapters.
  4. Use the icons to perform storage adapter tasks.

    Availability of specific icons depends on the storage configuration.

    Icon Description
    Add Software Adapter Add a storage adapter. Applies to software iSCSI and software FCoE.
    Refresh Refresh information about storage adapters, topology, and file systems on the host.
    Rescan Storage Rescan all storage adapters on the host to discover newly added storage devices or VMFS datastores.
    Rescan Adapter Rescan the selected adapter to discover newly added storage devices.
  5. To view details for a specific adapter, select the adapter from the list.
  6. Use tabs under Adapter Details to access additional information and modify properties for the selected adapter.
    Tab Description
    Properties Review general adapter properties that typically include a name and model of the adapter and unique identifiers formed according to specific storage standards. For iSCSI and FCoE adapters, use this tab to configure additional properties, for example, authentication.
    Devices View storage devices the adapter can access. Use the tab to perform basic device management tasks. See Display Storage Devices for an Adapter.
    Paths List and manage all paths the adapter uses to access storage devices.
    Targets (Fibre Channel and iSCSI) Review and manage targets accessed through the adapter.
    Network Port Binding (iSCSI only) Configure port binding for software and dependent hardware iSCSI adapters.
    Advanced Options (iSCSI only) Configure advanced parameters for iSCSI.