Advanced options supporting changes to logging, hardware acceleration, and swap file location. Change the default settings only if you are sure that makes sense.


Power off your VM before you change advanced options.


  1. In the vSphere Client, right-click the VM and choose Edit Settings.
  2. Select VM Options, make changes, and click OK.



    Disable acceleration

    When you install or run software in a virtual machine, the virtual machine appears to stop responding. The problem occurs early when you run an application. You can resolve the issue by temporarily disabling acceleration in the virtual machine.

    The Disable acceleration option slows down virtual machine performance, so use it only to solve the issue caused by running the application. After the application stops encountering problems, deselect Disable acceleration.

    Enable logging

    VMware stores virtual machine log files in the same directory as the virtual machine's configuration files. By default, the log file name is vmware.log. Archived log files are stored as vmware-n.log, where n is a number in sequential order beginning with 1.

    Logging is enabled by default.

    Debugging and Statistics

    Select a non-default option to have the VM collect additional debugging information. You usually change this option when requested by VMware Technical Support in resolving issues.

    Swap file location

    When a virtual machine is powered on, the system creates a VMkernel swap file to serve as a backing store for the virtual machine's RAM contents. You can accept the default swap file location or save the file to a different location. By default, the swap file is stored in the same location as the virtual machine's configuration file. In VMware Cloud on AWS it usually does not make sense to change this option.

    Latency sensitivity

    Change to High for special cases.