You can configure a virtual machine to have up to 128 virtual CPUs. The number of licensed CPUs on the host, the number of CPUs that the guest operating system supports, and the virtual machine hardware version determine the number of virtual CPUs that you can add.

VMware Virtual Symmetric Multiprocessing (Virtual SMP) enables a single virtual machine to use multiple physical processors simultaneously. You must have Virtual SMP to power on multiprocessor virtual machines.


  1. On the CPUs page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, select a value from the Number of virtual sockets drop-down menu.
  2. Select a value from the Number of cores per socket drop-down menu.
    To determine the total number of cores, multiply the number of cores per socket by the number of virtual sockets. The resulting total number of cores is a number equal to or less than the number of logical CPUs on the host.
    The total number of cores appears.
  3. Click Next.
    The Memory page opens.

What to do next

Select the memory for the virtual machine.