The Typical path shortens the virtual machine creation process by skipping choices that you rarely need to change from their defaults. The Custom path provides more flexibility and options.

Several relationships effect the information that you must provide during virtual machine creation. These relationships include the inventory object on which you place the virtual machine, the customization path you select, the datastore on which the virtual machine and its files reside, and the host or cluster on which it runs.

If you select a Typical configuration, the virtual machine hardware version defaults to that of the host on which you place the virtual machine. If you select a Custom configuration, you can accept the default or select an earlier hardware version. This is useful if maintaining compatibility with an earlier version of an ESX/ESXi host is necessary.

For a Typical configuration, have the following information:

Virtual machine name and inventory location.

Location in which to place the virtual machine (cluster, host, resource pool).

Datastore on which to store the virtual machines files.

Guest operating system and version.

Parameters for the virtual disk size and provisioning settings.

In addition to the information for a Typical configuration, for a Custom configuration, have the following information:

Virtual Machine version.

Number of CPUs and memory size.

Number of NICs, network to connect to, and network adapter types.

SCSI controller type.

Disk type (new disk, existing disk, RDM, or no disk).

1

On the Configuration page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, select a path for creating the virtual machine.

Typical

Custom

2

Click Next.

The Name and Location page appears.

Select a name and location for the virtual machine.