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VMware ESXi Cookbook by Aravind Sivaraman, Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen

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Managing VMFS and NFS datastores

VMFS stands for Virtual Machine File System. VMFS and NFS datastores are used to store virtual machines running on ESXi hosts. Datastores are like logical containers that hide the physical world of storage from Virtual Machines. The VMFS filesystem is also a clustered filesystem. It can be shared across multiple ESXi hosts concurrently. Up to 128 ESXi hosts can concurrently connect to a single VMFS datastore. vSphere5 uses the VMFS version 5. VMFS5 was released with a lot of improvement in performance and scalability as compared to VMFS3 available with the older version of vSphere.

Getting ready

Connect to your vCenter server via your vSphere Web Client login. Browse towards your datastore from the vSphere Web ...

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