VMFS Metadata Updates

Below figure shows how iSCSI initiator gets authenticated by target.

Second part of the figure explains when metadata gets updated

Metadata is updated each time you perform datastore or virtual machine management operations. Examples of operations requiring metadata updates include the following:

  • Creating, growing, or locking a virtual machine file
  • Powering a virtual machine on or off
  • Creating or deleting a VMFS datastore
  • Expanding a VMFS datastore
  • Changing a file’s attributes
  • Creating a template
  • Deploying a virtual machine from a template
  • Migrating a virtual machine with vMotion

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