You can upgrade the virtual hardware version for a virtual machine. Higher virtual hardware versions support more features.


Verify that the virtual machine is powered off and that it has the latest version of VMware Tools installed.

The set of virtual hardware versions to which you can upgrade a VM depends on the host on which the VM is deployed. See the vCloud Director Release Notes for the list of virtual hardware versions supported by this release.

You cannot downgrade the hardware version of a virtual machine.


  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. From the More menu of the virtual machine you want to upgrade, select Upgrade Virtual Hardware Version.
  4. Click OK.


The virtual machine is upgraded to the latest version.