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Creating or upgrading a VMware Hardware Version 9 VM March 13, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs, VMware Training.
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On my VMware 5.1 ICM course this week we came up against the module on creating Virtual Machines. We state that ESXi 5.1 now uses hardware version 9

In the lab we create the VM via the vSphere Client (C# client) and the delegates always say.

“Hang on I can only create Hardware Version 8 VMs”

I say.

“Yep, you create the Hardware version 9 VM through the Web client.”

The options are as follows

When creating the VM we specify the compatibility level.

So the options

ESXi5.1 and later = Hardware Version 9

ESX 5.0 and later = Hardware Version 8

ESX 4.x and later = Hardware Version 7

ESX 3.x and later = Hardware Version 4

Upgrading Existing VMs to Hardware Version 9

In the web client select your VM that you want to upgrade.

Right Click in VM > All vCenter Actions > Compatibility > Upgrade VM Compatibility 9 (if powered off), Schedule upgrade VM Compatibility (if powered on)

You then get shoved into a wizard, select Yes and then select Compatible with ESX 5.1 and later.

Hey presto Hardware version 9

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