Creating a VVol datastore

You must create a virtual volume datastore that represents the storage container on the NetApp Element cluster in vCenter. You can create a VVol datastore using the Create Storage Container wizard or by using this process. You must create at least one VVol datastore to begin provisioning VVol-backed virtual machines.

Before you begin

Note: You might need to rescan NetApp Element storage in vCenter to discover storage containers.


  1. From the Navigator view in vCenter, right-click a storage cluster and select Storage > Datastores > New Datastore.
  2. In the New Datastore dialog box, select VVol as the type of datastore to create.
  3. Provide a name for the datastore in the Datastore name field.
  4. Select the NetApp Element storage container from the Backing Storage Container list.
    Note: You do not need to manually create protocol endpoint (PE) LUNs. They are automatically mapped to the ESXi hosts when the datastore is created.
  5. Select the hosts that require access to the datastore.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Review the configurations and click Finish to create the VVol datastore.