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

Prerequisites

Changing properties such as operating system, requires that the machine is powered off.

Procedure

  1. On the Virtual Datacenters dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore and select Virtual Machines from the left panel.
  2. Click Card Icon to view the list in a card view and, optionally, filter the list of virtual machines from the Look in drop-down menu.
  3. In the card of the virtual machine you want to edit, click Details.
  4. The list of properties that you can view or edit under General expands by default.

    Option

    Description

    Virtual Machine Name

    Edit the name of the virtual machine.

    You can edit this property while the virtual machine is powered on.

    Computer Name

    Edit 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.

    You can edit this property while the virtual machine is powered on.

    Description

    Type an optional description of the virtual machine.

    You can edit this property while the virtual machine is powered on.

    Operating System Family

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

    You can edit this property while the virtual machine is powered off. In addition, you cannot edit this property if an operating system is already present on the virtual machine.

    Operating System

    Select an operating system from the drop-down menu.

    You can edit this property while the virtual machine is powered off. In addition, you cannot edit this property if an operating system is already present on the virtual machine.

    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.

    You can edit this property while the virtual machine is powered on.

    Virtual Data Center

    View the name of the virtual data center.

    VMware Tools

    View whether VMware Tools is installed on the virtual machine.

    Virtual Hardware Version

    View the 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 data center 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.

    You can edit this property while the virtual machine is powered off.

  5. Click Save once you complete making your changes.