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Chapter 3: Configuring ESX/ESXi Storage > Configuring NFS Datastores

Configuring NFS Datastores

With the introduction of VI3, Network File System (NFS) datastores have been a possibility for storing the same kinds of files that a VMFS datastore can. Although NFS was usually spoken of in the context of storing static content such as templates, today’s NFS appliances and network-attached storage (NAS) devices can perform on par with iSCSI and close to FC SANs.

There are four specific test objectives in this section:

  • Identifying the NFS hardware components
  • Explaining ESX exclusivity for NFS mounts
  • Configuring ESX/ESXi network connectivity to the NAS device
  • Creating an NFS datastore

NFS has an easy setup procedure, as you will see, and it has the advantage of not being tied to the VMkernel from a management standpoint. The underlying file system is managed by the appliance and therefore can be whatever the vendor wishes to use, even proprietary. There are some disadvantages as well when using NFS, but many customers are finding it quite easy to bypass those issues and work completely with NFS as their storage technology.


  

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