vmkfstools is one of the ESXi Shell commands for managing VMFS volumes and virtual disks. You can perform many storage operations using the vmkfstools command. For example, you can create and manage VMFS datastores on a physical partition, or manipulate virtual disk files, stored on VMFS or NFS datastores.


After you make a change using the vmkfstools, the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client might not be updated immediately. You need to use a refresh or rescan operation from the client.

For more information on the ESXi Shell, see Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces.