You can create a VMFS datastore on any Fibre Channel storage device that your ESX host can access. You use the vSphere Client to set up VMFS datastores in advance on any SCSI-based storage devices that your ESX discovers. ESX can format SCSI-based storage devices, such as SCSI, iSCSI, or FC SAN, as VMFS datastores. VMFS datastores primarily serve as repositories for virtual machines.

When you create a datastore on a Fibre Channel storage device, the Add Storage wizard guides you through the configuration.

Before you create a new datastore on a Fibre Channel device, rescan a Fibre Channel adapter to discover any newly added LUNs.

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Log in to the vSphere Client and select the host from the Inventory panel.

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Click the Configuration tab and click Storage in the Hardware panel.

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Click Datastores and click Add Storage.

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Select the Disk/LUN storage type and click Next.

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Select the Fibre Channel device to use for your datastore, and click Next.

Note

Select the device that does not have a datastore name displayed in the VMFS Label column. The name present in the VMFS Label column indicates that the device contains a copy of an existing VMFS datastore.

If the disk you are formatting is blank, the Current Disk Layout page automatically presents the entire disk space for storage configuration.

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If the disk is not blank, review the current disk layout in the top panel of the Current Disk Layout page and select a configuration option from the bottom panel.

Option

Description

Use all available partitions

Dedicates the entire disk or LUN to a single VMFS datastore. If you select this option, all file systems and data currently stored on this device is destroyed.

Use free space

Deploys a VMFS datastore in the remaining free space of the disk.

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Click Next.

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In the Properties page, enter a datastore name and click Next.

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If needed, adjust the file system and capacity values.

By default, the entire free space on the storage device is available.

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Click Next.

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In the Ready to Complete page, review the datastore configuration information and click Finish.

This process creates the datastore on a Fibre Channel disk for the ESX host.

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Click Refresh.