You can use the storage assigned to an ESXi host as either a Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) datastore or a raw device mapping (RDM). RDMs are not supported on the NVMe over Fibre Channel protocol.

All 6.x and 7. x versions of ESXi support VMFS versions 5 and 6.

  • Make sure the volumes mapped to the ESXi host have been discovered properly.

  • For instructions on creating VMFS datastores using either the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client, see the VMware pubs webpage ( for documentation on this topic.