If the host or cluster where you place the virtual machine supports more than one VMware virtual machine version, you can select a version for the virtual machine.

About this task

For virtual machine and host compatibility options, see Virtual Machine Hardware Versions.


  1. Select a virtual machine hardware version.



    Virtual machine version 8

    Compatible with ESXi 5.0 and later hosts. Provides the latest virtual machine features. Recommended for virtual machines that do not need to migrate to ESX/ESXi 4.x hosts.

    Virtual machine version 7

    Compatible with ESX/ESXi 4, 4.x and 5.0 hosts. Recommended for sharing storage or virtual machines with ESX/ESXi versions 3.5 to 4.1.

    Virtual machine version 4

    Compatible with ESX/ESXi 4.0 and later hosts. Recommended for virtual machines that need to run on ESX/ESXi 4 hosts.

  2. Click Next.

    The Guest Operating System page opens.

What to do next

Select a guest operating system for the virtual machine.