Each virtual machine in a vSphere HA cluster is assigned the cluster default settings for VM Restart Priority, Host Isolation Response, VM Component Protection, and VM Monitoring. You can specify specific behavior for each virtual machine by changing these defaults. If the virtual machine leaves the cluster, these settings are lost.


  1. In the vSphere Client, browse to the vSphere HA cluster.
  2. Click the Configure tab.
  3. Under Configuration, select VM Overrides and click Add.
  4. Use the + button to select virtual machines to which to apply the overrides.
  5. Click OK.
  6. (Optional) You can change other settings, such as the Automation level, VM restart priority, Response for Host Isolation, VMCP settings,VM Monitoring, or VM monitoring sensitivity settings.
    Note: You can view the cluster defaults for these settings by first expanding Relevant Cluster Settings and then expanding vSphere HA.
  7. Click OK.


The virtual machine’s behavior now differs from the cluster defaults for each setting that you changed.