You can use the vSphere Client to display all storage devices or LUNs available to your host, including all local and networked devices. If you use any third-party multipathing plug-ins, storage devices available through the plug-ins also appear on the list.

For each storage adapter, you can display a separate list of storage devices accessible just through this adapter. When you review a list of storage devices, you typically see the following information.

Storage Device Information

Device Information



A friendly name that the host assigns to the device based on the storage type and manufacturer. You can change this name to a name of your choice.


A universally unique identifier that is intrinsic to the storage device.

Runtime Name

The name of the first path to the device.


The LUN number that shows the position of the LUN within the target.


Type of device, for example, disk or CD-ROM.


Transportation protocol your host uses to access the device.


Total capacity of the storage device.


The plug-in, such as the NMP or a third-party plug-in, the host uses to manage the storage device.

Hardware Acceleration

Information on whether the storage device assists the host with various virtual machine management operations. The status can be Supported, Not Supported, or Unknown.


A path to the storage device in the /vmfs/devices/ directory.


Primary and logical partitions, including a VMFS datastore, if configured.