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Creating or upgrading a VMware VM to harware version 9

With ESXi 5.1 we now get hardware version 9, so how do you create a VM with Hardware Version 9


Bryan O'Connor | 13 March 2013

With ESXi 5.1 we now get hardware version 9, so how do you create a VM with Hardware Version 9

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."

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.

Bryan O'Connor

Senior Technical Instructor

Bryan O’Connor is a Senior Technical Instructor at QA, teaching VMware, Microsoft and CompTIA courses. In the past, Bryan has also been certified by Novell as a MCNI (Master Certified Novell Instructor). Bryan started in the world of IT in 1986 and has worked in a variety of roles ranging from PC support technician to Network design and consultancy, to Virtualisation consultant. At last count, Bryan held over 40 professional VMware, Microsoft, Novell and CompTIA certifications. Bryan has advised many large organisations on their IT and project management needs to allow them to benefit from the increase in productivity provided by computer systems. In addition to teaching, Bryan does a variety of jobs in QA, including supporting the sales staff and setting up the classrooms. Outside of QA, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey and their two daughters Meagan and Jessica, unless there’s a grand prix on the TV when he enjoys paying Tracey, Meagan and Jessica to disappear for the day.
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