Use the datastore file browser to manage contents of your datastores. You can browse folders and files that are stored on the datastore. You can also use the browser to upload files and perform administrative tasks on your folders and files.

1

Open the datastore browser.

a

Display the datastore in the inventory.

b

Right-click the datastore and select Browse Files.

2

Explore the contents of the datastore by navigating to existing folders and files.

3

Perform administrative tasks by using the icons and options.

Icons and Options

Descriptions

Install the Client Integration plug-in icon.

Install the Client Integration plug-in or Upload a file to the datastore. See Upload Files to Datastores.

Datastore Browser: Create a folder icon.

Create a folder on the datastore.

Copy selected folders or files to a new location, either on the same datastore or on a different datastore. See Copy Datastore Folders or Files.

Datastore Browser: Move the selection icon.

Move selected folders or files to a new location, either on the same datastore or on a different datastore. See Move Datastore Folders or Files.

Datastore Browser: Rename selected file or folder.

Rename selected folders or files. See Rename Datastore Folders or Files.

Delete selected folders or files.

Inflate

Convert a selected thin virtual disk to thick. This option applies only to thin-provisioned disks. See Inflate Thin Virtual Disks.

Use the datastore file browser to upload files to datastores accessible to ESXi hosts.

Use the datastore browser to copy folders or files to a new location, either on the same datastore or on a different datastore.

Use the datastore browser to move folders or files to a new location, either on the same datastore or on a different datastore.

Use the datastore browser to rename folders or files.

If you created a virtual disk in the thin format, you can convert the thin disk to a virtual disk in thick provision format.

Watch the following video for more information.