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.

Procedure

  1. Select a virtual machine hardware version.

    Option

    Description

    Virtual machine version 11

    Compatible with ESXi 6.0 hosts. Provides the latest virtual machine features including improved accelerated 3D graphics rendering. Recommended for virtual machines that do not need to migrate to ESX/ESXi 4.x and 5.x hosts.

    Virtual machine version 10

    Compatible with ESXi 5.5 and later hosts. Recommended for virtual machines that do not need to migrate to ESX/ESXi 4.x and 5.1 hosts.

    Virtual machine version 9

    Compatible with ESXi 5.1 and later hosts. Recommended for virtual machines that do not need to migrate to ESX/ESXi 4.x and 5.0 hosts.

    Virtual machine version 8

    Compatible with ESXi 5.0 and later hosts. 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 later 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 and later hosts. Recommended for virtual machines that need to run on ESX/ESXi versions 4.

  2. Click Next.

    The Guest Operating System page opens.

What to do next

Select a guest operating system for the virtual machine.