The name you enter is used as the virtual machine’s base name in the inventory. It is also used as the name of the virtual machine’s files.

The name can be up to 80 characters long. Names are not case-sensitive, so the name my_vm is identical to My_Vm.


Verify that you have an appropriate naming strategy in place.


  1. On the Name and Location page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, type a name.
  2. Select a folder or the root of the datacenter.
    Note: This option is only available when you are connected to a vCenter Server system.
  3. Click Next.
    The Host / Cluster or the Resource Pool page opens.