By default, when you install VMware ESXi on a hard drive, a RAID volume, or an SSD, VMware ESXi automatically creates a "datastore1" datastore with the disk selected during its installation.
You can therefore store virtual machines, iso files or other files in this datastore.
However, you can also add a new datastore to store virtual machines in it, rather than on the disk used for VMware ESXi.
As you can see, in our case, we installed VMware ESXi on an SSD (hence the fact that datastore1 is of type "SSD").
Click on : New datastore.
Select "Create new VMFS datastore" and click Next.
Select the storage device to use and provide a name for this new datastore.
In our case, we are going to add our "Local MSCC Disk (...)" device which corresponds to a RAID 5 volume created on our Microsemi SmartRAID 3154-8i8e controller.
Note : MSCC stands for Microsemi.
Select "Use full disk" and leave the "VMFS x" option selected by default.
Then, click on Next.
As you can see, VMware ESXi will create a VMFS file system on the entire physical disk.
Click on Finish.
VMware ESXi warns you that the entire contents of this disk are about to be erased and replaced with the specified configuration.
Click on Yes.
The desired VMFS datastore has been created.
Click on the name of the datastore you just created.
Your new datastore appears and VMware ESXi tells you :
To view the contents of this datastore or to store data in it, click on : Datastore browser.
Thanks to the datastore browser, you will be able to :
Note that not all file types always appear in this datastore browser.
For example, you will not see the "-flat.vmdk" files of the virtual hard disks of your virtual machines through this datastore browser, but only ".vmdk" files.
To see all types of files you will need to use the command line (via ESXi shell or SSH).
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