Datastores are logical containers that hide specifics of each storage device and provide a uniform model for storing virtual machine files. You can use datastores to store ISO images and virtual machine templates.

You can select from datastores already configured on the destination host or cluster.

Required privileges:

Host.Local operations.Create virtual machine

Virtual machine.Inventory.Create

Datastore.Allocate space


On the Storage page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, select a datastore in which to store the virtual machine files.


(Optional) To turn off Storage DRS for the virtual machine, select Disable Storage DRS for this virtual machine.


(Optional) Apply a virtual machine storage profile from the VM Storage Profile drop-down menu.

Select a datastore that is compatible with the virtual machine storage profile and large enough to hold the virtual machine and all of its virtual disk files.

The list of datastores shows which datastores are compatible with the selected virtual machine storage profile.


Click Next.

If you selected a Typical configuration path, the Guest Operating System page appears. If you selected a Custom configuration path, the Virtual Machine Version page appears.