The encryption feature has certain limitations.

  • You must power off a virtual machine before you add or remove encryption or change the encryption password.

  • The encryption feature supports virtual machines that have virtual hardware version 5.x or later only.

  • You cannot create a linked clone from an encrypted virtual machine.

  • If more than one unencrypted virtual machine shares the same virtual disk and you encrypt one of the virtual machines, the virtual disk becomes unusable for the unencrypted virtual machine.

  • You cannot encrypt a shared or remote virtual machine.

  • You cannot upload an encrypted virtual machine to a remote server.

  • You cannot share an encrypted virtual machine.