The Typical option shortens the virtual machine creation process by skipping choices that you rarely need to change from their defaults. The Custom option provides more flexibility and choices.

Several relationships affect the information that you must provide during virtual machine creation. These relationships include the inventory object on which you place the virtual machine, the customization path option you select, the datastore on which the virtual machine and its files reside, and the host or cluster on which it runs.

If you select a Typical configuration, the virtual machine hardware version defaults to that of the host on which you place the virtual machine. If you select a Custom configuration, you can accept the default or select an earlier hardware version. This configuration is useful if maintaining compatibility with an earlier version of an ESX/ESXi host is necessary.


For a Typical configuration, verify that you have the following information:

  • Virtual machine name and inventory location.
  • Location in which to place the virtual machine (cluster, host, resource pool).
  • Datastore on which to store the virtual machine's files.
  • Guest operating system and version.
  • Parameters for the virtual disk size and provisioning settings.
In addition to the information for a Typical configuration, for a Custom configuration, verify that you have the following information:
  • Virtual machine version.
  • Number of CPUs and memory size.
  • Number of NICs, network to connect to, and network adapter types.
  • SCSI controller type.
  • Disk type (new disk, existing disk, RDM, or no disk).


  1. On the Configuration page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, select an option for creating the virtual machine.
  2. Click Next.
    The Name and Location page appears.

What to do next

Select a name and location for the virtual machine.