You can manually upgrade the hardware of virtual machines immediately, or you can schedule an upgrade at a time that is convenient for you.

Use Update Manager to upgrade the hardware version of one or multiple virtual machines to the latest hardware version that the host supports.


  1. Navigate to Menu > Hosts and Clusters.
  2. Select a host or a cluster from the inventory and click the Updates tab.
  3. Select VM Hardware.
    VM hardware version upgrade must be enabled on first use.
    The virtual machines on the host or cluster are listed.
  4. Click Enable.Click Enable to proceed with the procedure.
  5. (Optional) To update the VM Compatibility and current status, click Scan Now.
  6. Select the virtual machines whose hardware version you want to upgrade and click Upgrade to Match Host.
    The Upgrade VM Hardware to Match Host dialog box appears.
  7. (Optional) Expand Scheduling Options to postpone the upgrade.
    You can select an option for virtual machines that are powered on, powered off or suspended.
    Note: By default, the upgrade follows immediately.
  8. (Optional) To configure the use of snapshots, expand Rollback Options and change the default settings.
    1. To enable or disable taking of snapshots of virtual machines before upgrading them, select or deselect the Take snapshot of VMs check box.
      The option to take snapshots is selected by default.
    2. Select a period for keeping the snapshots.
      • Keep the snapshots indefinitely.
      • Keep the snapshots for a fixed period.
    3. Enter a snapshot name and, optionally, a description for the snapshot.
    4. Include the virtual machine memory in the snapshot by selecting the respective check box.
  9. Click Upgrade to Match Host.
    The selected virtual machines are upgraded and the status is displayed in the Recent Tasks pane.