VMware Profile Driven Storage Configuration

VMware Profile Driven Storage Configuration
Profile Driven Storage is a feature which comes with the vSphere 5 and it helps you to map your VMs according to the predefined storage criteria. You can define these storage criteria according to the Performance of your Storage, Availability and cost. Once you define your storage criteria Storage Distribution Resource Scheduler (SDRS) will perform the Storage vMotion and provide the expected and agreed service levels to your VMs, 
  • To start with the Profile Driven Storage go to the Home screen and select the Profile Driven Storage 
  • Click on “Manage Storage Capabilities” to define the Storage Capabilities in your Storage 
  • Click on “Add” to define the Storage Capabilities and provide a relevant name and a description and click “OK” to continue 
  • Once you defined the Storage Capabilities you can see the configurations as below
  • Now we need to create the VM Storage Profiles, Click on “Create VM Storage Profile” Option to start the creation 
  • Add a Name and a proper description to your VM Storage Profile 
  • Select the Storage Capabilities according to your definition, You can select more than one Storage Capability but most of the time it defines as a 1 to 1 mapping of the VM profile with the capability, it all depends on your requirement. Click “Next” to go to the next step
  • Next window you can see the summery of the VM Storage Profile and click “Finish” to complete the configuration 
  • You can see your VM Storage profiles under “VM Storage Profiles” folder
  • To enable the configured feature click on “Enable VM Storage Profiles” option 
  • Click “Enable” in the Enable VM Storage Profiles window
  • Check and verify the Status 

Assign Storage Capabilities to the Storage

  • Go to the “Datastores and Datastor Cluster”, right-click and select “Assign User-Defined Storage Capabilitiy…” 
  • Select the defined Storage Capability in the Drop down list , If you need you can create a Storage Capability from here as well. 

  • Do a quick refresh and check the Storage Capability in the “Summery” tab 

Add VM Storage Profiles to the VM

  • Right-Click on the VM and select “Edit” settings 
  • Go to “Profiles” tab and select the created VM Storage profile from the Drop down


  • Click on “Propagate to disks” to apply the VM Storage Profile to the HDDs
  • Check the Compliant Status under the “VM Storage Profiles” in the Summery
  • Do a quick and perform a Storage Migration and check whether you are getting “Compliant” status for your VM 
That’s all and thank you for reading my post….

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