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
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"
"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.