The entire process of creating and managing storage policies typically includes several steps. Whether you must perform a specific step might depend on the type of storage or data services that your environment offers.

1

If you use storage policies with storage providers, verify that an appropriate storage provider is registered. Entities that require storage providers include Virtual SAN, Virtual Volumes, and I/O filters that provide additional software data services to virtual machines.

See Using Storage Providers.

2

Apply storage tags to datastores. See Assign Tags to Datastores.

3

Create storage policies by defining requirements for applications that run on a virtual machine. See Define a Storage Policy for a Virtual Machine.

4

Apply the VM storage policy to a virtual machine. You can apply the storage policy when deploying the virtual machine or configuring its virtual disks. See Assign Storage Policies to Virtual Machines.

5

Change the storage policy for virtual machine home files or virtual disks. See Change Storage Policy Assignment for Virtual Machine Files and Disks.

6

Verify that virtual machines and virtual disks use datastores that are compliant with the assigned storage policy. See Check Compliance for a VM Storage Policy.