You can create a virtual machine on a remote server, but certain requirements must be met for the server.


  • You have login credentials for the server where you want to create the virtual machine.
  • The server is defined in the Virtual Machine Library.
  • Sufficient space exists on the server to accommodate the virtual machine.
  • The remote server is running VMware Workstation Pro, VMware ESXi or VMware vCenter Server.
  • Confirm that the firmware type with which you plan to configure the virtual machine is supported by the guest operating system. See Configure a Firmware Type.
Important: Fusion does not include operating systems to install in virtual machines that you create. You must obtain the operating system and any necessary product keys.


  1. Select File > New.
    A dialog box appears with the Select the Installation Method panel showing.
  2. Click Create a virtual machine on a remote server.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Select the server from the list in the Choose a Server window, and click Continue.
  5. (Optional) If the server supports folders, select a folder location for the virtual machine and click Continue.
  6. Select the host and datastore from the Choose a Host and Datastore window, and click Continue.
  7. Select a hardware version from the Choose a Hardware Version drop-down menu, and click Continue.
  8. Select a network option for the virtual machine.
    Option Description
    Custom To configure a network connection for the virtual machine, use the Custom drop-down menu to select a network option.
    Do not use a network connection To create the virtual machine without a network connection, select the Do not use a network connection option.
  9. Select the guest operating system for the virtual machine and click Continue.
  10. Select the firmware type and click Continue.
  11. Configure the virtual disk by creating a virtual disk or use an existing virtual disk. If you create a virtual disk, use the disk size slider to specify the size of the virtual disk and specify the bus type. Click Continue.
    The Finish window appears.
  12. (Optional) Change the name of the new remote virtual machine.
  13. Click Finish.
    The new remote virtual machine appears in Virtual Machine Library under the remote server.