You can view or change virtual machine settings from the vSphere Client. Not all options are available to every virtual machine. For many virtual machines, the default is the optimal setting.

The host that the virtual machine runs on and the guest operating system must support any configurations that you make.

When you select Edit Settings from a virtual machine right-button menu and click VM Options, you can select one of the following options.

Table 1. Virtual Machine Options



General Options

Include useful information:

  • Virtual machine name

  • Virtual machine configuration file location

  • Virtual machine working location

  • Operating system.

This information is currently read only.

To rename a VM, select Edit Settings > Rename.

To change the operating system for a VM, you have to reinstall the OS - or consider deploying a new VM with your operating system of choice.

VMware Remote Console Options

Locking behavior and settings for simultaneous connections.

Power Management

Virtual machine Suspend behavior and wake on LAN.

VMware Tools

Power Controls behavior, VMware Tools scripts, automatic upgrades, and time synchronization between the guest and host.

Boot Options

Virtual machine boot options. Add a delay before booting, force entry into the BIOS or EFI setup screen, or set reboot options.


Advanced virtual machine options, including the following:

  • Acceleration and logging settings.

  • Debugging and statistics

  • Swap file location

  • Configuration parameters

  • Latency sensitivity

Fibre Channel NPIV

Virtual node and port World Wide Names (WWNs).