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How to add NFS Datastore ?

NFS (Network File System) protocol designed by sun microsystems. It is client/server application which allows remote users to store & access the files through network. I am posting this because NFS is also used in VMware vSphere Infra as a storage.

So for your LAB Environment you can use windows server to setup NFS & get hands on. So in this post i will show you how you add NFS datastore to your ESXi Hosts.

Let’s see how to add NFS Datastore into vSphere Step by Step.

Adding NFS Datastore:-

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.
Choose the Hosts & Clusters from the Home Screen.

Step 2:
Choose the Host on which you want to add NFS Datastore.
Right click > Storage > New Datastore.


Step 3:
New Datastore wizard will open here.
Choose the NFS Type.
Click Next to proceed.


Step 4:
Here we have to choose the NFS Version.
We are going with default NFS 3.
Make sure you keep same version for hosts on which you add NFS datastore otherwise it will affect data & data corruption can happen.
Click Next to proceed.


Step 5:
Here you have to provide various details.
First provide the datastore name which will be visible in the datastores.
Provide the NFS Share Details:
Provide the NFS Folder which you have created for NFS Share.
Provide the NFS Server IP or Hostname.
Click Next to proceed.

Step 6:
Review all the configuration which you have done.
Click Finish to add.


Now you can see your NFS Datastore is listed in the datastores list :


That’s it you have successfully added NFS Datastore. You can follow same process for adding NFS datastore to another host.

Now you have the shared datastore between ESXi hosts.

Checkout Our Posts on How to Create & Configure NFS Server in Windows Server :-

Checkout Our Posts on How to Configure NFS Storage in Openfiler :-


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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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    1. Hi AJAI,

      If you want to access directly your physical hdd data to your vm you can directly map that partition into vm.

  1. i have the server CentOS 6.7 with the mount point /dev/sda1 and mounted with folder /home1/nfs .
    On this server , i have install nfs server and shared the folder /home1.nfs .
    How can i add the folder /home1/nfs for the ESXi client ?

    Thanks you for support!

    1. Hi,
      You can just try same procedure by giving nfs share path name & nfs server ip into add datastore wizard.

  2. or you can try from CLI (putty) :

    esxcli storage nfs add –host= –share=/media/nfs –volume-name=nfs205

    (you need run nfs server on that IP and share that path, In my case it is just Ubuntu)

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