You can upgrade the virtual hardware version for a virtual machine. Later virtual hardware versions support more features.

You cannot downgrade the hardware version of the virtual machines in a vApp.

VMware vCloud Directorsupports hardware versions depending on the resources backing the organization VDC, which depends on the latest supported virtual hardware in the backing provider VDC. Тhe Organization Administrator or the System Arministrator can set the hardware version to an earlier one. The vCloud Director tenant portal dynamically sets the list of selectable virtual hardware versions based on the backing hardware of the organization VDC or the provider VDC.

For information about hardware features available with virtual machine compatibility settings, see vSphereVirtual Machine Administration Guide.

For information about the latest version for the VMware product that you are using, see


  • Stop the vApp.
  • Verify that the latest version of VMware tools is installed on the virtual machines.


  1. On the Virtual Datacenters dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore and select Virtual Machines from the left panel.
  2. Click Card Icon to view the list in a card view and, optionally, filter the list of virtual machines from the Look in drop-down menu.
  3. From the More menu of the virtual machine you want to upgrade, select Upgrade Virtual Hardware Version.
  4. Click OK.


The virtual machine is upgraded to the latest version.