Provision NFS storage for VMware datastores
Before using Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere (VSC) to provision NFS volumes on an ONTAP based storage system for ESXi hosts, enable NFS using System Manager for ONTAP 9.7 or later.
After creating an NFS-enabled storage VM in System Manager, you then provision NFS volumes and manage datastores using VSC.
Beginning with VSC 7.0, VSC is part of the ONTAP Tools for VMware vSphere virtual appliance, which includes VSC, vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) Provider, and Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for VMware vSphere capabilities.
Be sure to check the NetApp Interoperability Matrix to confirm compatibility between your current ONTAP and VSC releases.
To set up NFS access for ESXi hosts to datastores using System Manager Classic (for ONTAP 9.7 and earlier releases), see NFS configuration for ESXi using VSC overview
For more information, see TR-4597: VMware vSphere for ONTAP and the documentation for your VSC release.