Use the available virtual machine options to fine-tune the settings and behavior of your virtual machine and to ensure maximum performance.
A virtual machine might be running in any of several locations, such as ESXi hosts, data centers, clusters, or resource pools. Many of the options and resources that you configure have dependencies on and relationships with these objects.
VMware virtual machines have the following options.
- General Options
- View or modify the virtual machine name, and check the location of the configuration file and the working location of the virtual machine.
- Encryption Options
- Enable or disable encryption for the virtual machine if the vCenter Server instance is in a trusted relationship with a KMS server. For more information, see the vSphere Security documentation.
- You can also enable or disable encrypted vMotion for virtual machines that are not encrypted. You can set encrypted vMotion to the disabled, opportunistic, or required state. You can enable encrypted vMotion during virtual machine creation. Alternatively, you can change the encrypted vMotion state later. For more information, see the vCenter Server and Host Management documentation.
- Power Management
- Manage guest power options. Suspend the virtual machine or leave the virtual machine powered on when you put the guest operating system into standby.
- VMware Tools
- Manage the power controls for the virtual machine, run VMware Tools scripts, and upgrade VMware Tools during power cycling. Automatically synchronize the time between guest and host operating systems, and periodically synchronize the guest time with the host if the virtual machine guest operating system does not have a native time synchronization software.
- Virtualization Based Security (VBS)
- Enable VBS to provide an additional level of protection to the virtual machine. VBS is available on the latest Windows OS versions. For more information, see the vSphere Security documentation.
- Boot Options
- Set the boot delay when powering on virtual machines or to force BIOS setup and configure failed boot recovery.
- Advanced Options
- Disable acceleration and enable logging, configure debugging and statistics, and change the swap file location. You can also change the latency sensitivity and add configuration parameters.
- Fibre Channel NPIV
- Control virtual machine access to LUNs on a per-virtual machine basis. N-port ID virtualization (NPIV) provides the ability to share a single physical Fibre Channel HBA port among multiple virtual ports, each with unique identifiers.
- vApp Options
- Enable or disable the vApp functionality in a virtual machine. When you enable vApp options, you can view and edit vApp properties, vApp Deployment options, and vApp Authoring options. For example, you can configure an IP allocation policy or a network protocol profile for the vApp. A vApp option that is specified at the level of a virtual machine overrides the settings specified at the level of the vApp.