You can review and change the name, description, and other general properties of a virtual machine.


Verify that the virtual machine is powered off.


  1. From the Navigator, select Compute > Virtual Machines.
  2. Select the virtual machine you want to edit.
  3. From the Card view, click the card for the virtual machine to open the Edit Properties panel.
  4. Click the General menu, change the properties, and click Save.



    Virtual Machine Name

    The name of the virtual machine displays.

    Computer Name

    Type the computer and host name set in the guest operating system that identifies the virtual machine on a network. This field is restricted to 15 characters because of a Windows OS limitation on computer names.


    Type an optional description of the virtual machines.

    Operating System Family

    Select an operating system family from the drop-down menu.

    Operating System

    Select an operating system from the drop-down menu.

    Boot Delay

    The time between when you power on the virtual machine and when it exits the BIOS and launches the guest operating system software can be short. You can change the boot delay to provide more time. Select the time in milliseconds to delay the boot operation.

    Storage Policy

    Select a storage policy for the virtual machine to use from the drop-down menu.

    Virtual Data Center

    The name of the virtual datacenter displays.

    VMware Tools

    View whether VMware Tools are installed on the virtual machine.

    Virtual Hardware Version

    Virtual hardware version of the virtual machine.

    Upgrade to:

    To upgrade, select a version from the drop-down menu.

    Synchronize time

    Select the check box to enable time synchronization between the virtual machine guest operating system and the virtual datacenter in which it is running.

    Enter BIOS Setup

    Select whether to force entry into the BIOS setup screen the next time the virtual machine boots.