When you perform VMFS datastore management operations, for example create a VMFS datastore or an RDM, add an extent, or increase a VMFS datastore, the vCenter Server uses default storage filters. The filters retrieve only those storage devices, or LUNs, that can be used for a particular operation. Unsuitable LUNs are filtered out and are not displayed for your selection. Using the vSphere Client, you can turn off the filters.

To turn off the filters, you use the Advanced Settings page to modify the vCenter Server configuration file, vpxd.cfg. This page can be used to add entries to the file, but not to edit or delete them.

As with any advanced configuration settings, consult with the VMware support team before making any changes to the LUN filters. Do not turn the filters off unless you have other methods to prevent LUN corruption.

1

Select Administration > vCenter Server Settings to display the vCenter Server Settings dialog box.

2

In the settings list, select Advanced Settings.

3

In the Key field, type a key.

Key

Description

config.vpxd.filter.vmfsFilter

VMFS Filter

config.vpxd.filter.rdmFilter

RDM Filter

config.vpxd.filter.SameHostAndTransportsFilter

Same Host and Transports Filter

config.vpxd.filter.hostRescanFilter

Host Rescan Filter

4

In the Value field, type False for the specified key.

5

Click Add.

6

Click OK.

You are not required to restart the vCenter Server system.