You can use the New Datastore wizard to mount an NFS volume.

Configure VMkernel networking. NFS requires network connectivity to access data stored on remote servers. See the vSphere Networking documentation.

Browse to Datastores in the vSphere Web Client navigator. See Display Datastore Information in the vSphere Web Client.


Click the Create a New Datastore icon.


Type the datastore name and if required, select the placement location for the datastore.

The vSphere Web Client enforces a 42 character limit for the datastore name.


Select NFS as the datastore type.


Type the server name and the mount point folder name.

For the server name, you can enter an IP address, a DNS name, or an NFS UUID.


When you mount the same NFS volume on different hosts, make sure that the server and folder names are identical across the hosts. If the names do not match , the hosts see the same NFS volume as two different datastores. This error might result in a failure of such features as vMotion. An example of such discrepancy is if you enter filer as the server name on one host and on the other.


(Optional) Select Mount NFS read only if the volume is exported as read-only by the NFS server.


If you are creating a datastore at the datacenter or cluster level, select hosts that require access to the datastore.


Review the configuration options and click Finish.