You can use folders to group objects of the same type for easier management. For example, you can apply a common set of permissions to the folder and these permissions apply to all objects grouped in the folder.

A folder can contain other folders, or a group of objects of the same type. For example, one folder can contain both virtual machines and another folder that contains virtual machines, but it cannot contain both hosts and a folder that contains virtual machines.


  1. In the vSphere Client, select either a data center or another folder as a parent object for the folder that you want to create.
  2. Right-click the parent object and click New Folder.
    • If the parent object is a folder, the new folder is of the same type as the parent folder - it can contain only objects of the same type that the parent folder contains.
    • If the parent object is a data center, you can create one of four types of folders: Host and Cluster folders, Network folders, Storage folders, and VM and Template folders.
  3. Enter a name for the folder and click OK.

What to do next

Move objects into the folder by right-clicking the object and selecting Move To. Select the folder as the destination. You can also move an object by dragging it to the destination folder.