With profile-driven storage, you use storage capabilities and virtual machine storage profiles to ensure that virtual machines use storage that guarantees a certain level of capacity, performance, availability, redundancy, and so on.

Note

Profile-driven storage does not support RDMs.

To manage storage placement by using virtual machine storage profiles, you must perform the following tasks:

1

Verify that system-defined storage capabilities appear in the Manage Storage Capabilities dialog box, if your storage system supports the Storage APIs - Storage Awareness.

For more information about Storage APIs - Storage Awareness, see Using Storage Vendor Providers.

2

Create user-defined storage capabilities.

3

Associate user-defined storage capabilities with datastores.

4

Enable virtual machine storage profiles for a host or cluster.

5

Create virtual machine storage profiles by defining the storage capabilities that an application running on a virtual machine requires.

6

Associate a virtual machine storage profile with the virtual machine files or virtual disks.

7

Verify that virtual machines and virtual disks use datastores that are compliant with their associated virtual machine storage profile.