How do I enter maintenance mode in VMware?


  1. Browse to the host in the vSphere Client.
  2. Right-click the host and select Maintenance Mode > Enter Maintenance Mode. If the host is part of a partially automated or manual DRS cluster, browse to Cluster > Monitor > DRS > Recommendations and click Apply Recommendations.
  3. If applicable, click Yes.

How do I put my datastore in maintenance mode?

Browse to the datastore in the vSphere Client. Right-click the datastore and select Maintenance Mode > Enter Maintenance Mode. A list of recommendations appears for datastore maintenance mode migration. (Optional) On the Placement Recommendations tab, deselect any recommendations you do not want to apply.

How do I enable SDR?

To enable SDRS in the vSphere Web Client:

  1. Browse to the datastore cluster in the vSphere Web Client navigator.
  2. In the Manage tab, click Settings.
  3. Under Services, select Storage DRS and click Edit.
  4. Select Turn ON vSphere DRS and click OK.

What is maintenance mode ESXi?

You place a host in maintenance mode when you need to service it, for example, to install more memory. A host enters or leaves maintenance mode only as the result of a user request.

What is datastore Cluster in vmware?

A datastore cluster is a collection of datastores with shared resources and a shared management interface. Datastore clusters are to datastores what clusters are to hosts. When you create a datastore cluster, you can use vSphere Storage DRS to manage storage resources.

How do I get my ESXi host out of maintenance mode?

To exit from a hung maintenance mode, try one of these options:

  1. Disconnect the vSphere Client (by closing it) and reconnect to the ESX host to see if the option to exit maintenance mode appears.
  2. Exit maintenance mode using the vimsh or vim-cmd command.
  3. Open a console to the ESX or ESXi host.

How do I setup a datastore Cluster?

By default, all virtual disks for a virtual machine are placed on the same datastore.

  1. Initial Placement and Ongoing Balancing.
  2. Storage Migration Recommendations.
  3. Create a Datastore Cluster.
  4. Enable and Disable Storage DRS.
  5. Set the Automation Level for Datastore Clusters.
  6. Setting the Aggressiveness Level for Storage DRS.

How do I set up a datastore Cluster?


  1. Browse to data centers in the vSphere Client.
  2. Right-click the data center object and select New Datastore Cluster.
  3. To complete the New Datastore Cluster wizard, follow the prompts.
  4. Click Finish.