You can enable Microsoft virtualization-based security (VBS) on existing virtual machines for supported Windows guest operating systems.
Enabling VBS is a process that involves first enabling VBS in the virtual machine then enabling VBS in the guest OS.
See the vSphere Security documentation for information about acceptable CPUs and VBS best practices.
Using Intel CPUs for VBS requires vSphere 6.7 or later. The virtual machine must have been created using hardware version 14 or later and one of the following supported guest operating systems:
- Windows 10 (64 bit) or later releases
- Windows Server 2016 (64 bit) or later releases
Using AMD CPUs for VBS requires vSphere 7.0 Update 2 or later. The virtual machine must have been created using hardware version 19 or later and one of the following supported guest operating systems:
- Windows 10 (64 bit), version 1809 or later releases
- Windows Server 2019 (64 bit) or later releases
Ensure that you install the latest patches for Windows 10, version 1809, and Windows Server 2019, before enabling VBS.
For more information about activating VBS on virtual machines on AMD platforms, see the VMware KB article at https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/89880.
- In the vSphere Client, browse to the virtual machine.
- Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
- Click the VM Options tab.
- Select the Enable check box for Virtualization Based Security.
- Click OK.
Confirm that the virtual machine's Summary tab displays "VBS true" in the Guest OS description.