When you create a new virtual machine, provide a unique name for the virtual machine to distinguish it from existing virtual machines on the host you are managing. After you select a guest operating system, the wizard provides the appropriate defaults for the operating system installation.

The following procedure applies if you want to create a new virtual machine.


  1. Enter a name for your virtual machine.
  2. Select the virtual machine compatibility from the Compatibility drop-down menu.
  3. Select the guest operating system family from the Guest OS family drop-down menu.
  4. Select a guest operating system version from the Guest OS version drop-down menu.
  5. (Optional) Select the Enable Windows Virtualization Based Security check box to enable VBS on the virtual machine.
    The Enable Windows Virtualization Based Security check box only appears if you chose a Windows OS version that supports VBS and if the virtual machine's compatibility is ESXi 6.7 and later.
    Important: Enabling VBS automatically exposes hardware assisted virtualization and IOMMU to the guest OS and makes EFI and secure boot available.
  6. Click Next.