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.


Profile-driven storage does not support RDMs.

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


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.


Create user-defined storage capabilities.


Associate user-defined storage capabilities with datastores.


Enable virtual machine storage profiles for a host or cluster.


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


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


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