When you change the guest operating system type in the virtual machine settings, you change the setting for the guest operating system in the configuration file of the virtual machine. To change the guest operating system itself, you must install the new operating system in the virtual machine.

Before you begin

Power off the virtual machine.

About this task

When you set the guest operating system type for a new virtual machine, vCenter Server applies configuration defaults based on the type of guest operating system. Changing the guest operating system type setting affects the available ranges and recommendations of the virtual machine settings.

Procedure

  1. In the VMware Host Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. Click the VM Options tab and expand General Options.
  3. Select a guest operating system type and version.
  4. Click Save to apply your changes.

Results

The virtual machine configuration parameters for the guest operating system are changed. You can now install the guest operating system.