You use the Select creation type page of the New Virtual Machine wizard to create a new virtual machine, deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file, or register an existing virtual machine.


  • Select a creation type and click Next.
    Option Description
    Create a new virtual machine

    Creates a new virtual machine. You can customize processors, memory, network connections, and storage. You will need to install a guest operating system after you create the VM.

    Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file

    Deploys a virtual machine from an OVF and VMDK files.

    OVA deployment is currently limited to files under 1 gigabyte in size due to Web browser limitations.

    If you want to deploy an OVA greater than 1 gigabyte, extract the OVA using tar and provide the OVF and VMDK files separately.

    Register an existing virtual machine

    Registers a virtual machine that already exists on a datastore.