What is a virtual datastore?

by The Editor [Published on 8 July 2008 / Last Updated on 8 July 2008]

What a virtual datastore is and how it allows you to manage your virtual infrastructure.

A datastore, as it is used by VMware, is a storage container for files. The datastore could be on a local server hard drive or across the network on a FC or iSCSI SAN. Inside the datastore, you will find the virtual machines, VM disks, VM configurations, and any other files you place in the datastore (such as ISO files to install a VM). Datastores are using in VMware ESX Server (viewed with the VI Client) and in the new VMware Server 2.0.

Here is what a datastore looks like as see from VMware ESX & the VI Client:

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