Virtual machines are the key component in a virtual infrastructure. You can create virtual machines to add to the host inventory.

When you create a virtual machine, you associate it with a particular datastore and select an operating system and virtual hardware options . After you power on the virtual machine, it consumes resources dynamically as the workload increases, or returns resources dynamically as the workload decreases.

Every virtual machine has virtual devices that provide the same function as physical hardware. A virtual machine gets CPU and memory, access to storage, and network connectivity from the host it runs on.


You use the New Virtual Machine wizard to create a virtual machine to place in the VMware Host Client inventory.


You use the Select creation type page of the New Virtual Machine wizard to create a new virtual machine, deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file, or register an existing virtual machine.


When you create a new virtual machine, provide a unique name for the virtual machine to distinguish it from existing virtual machines on the host you are managing. After you select a guest operating system, the wizard provides the appropriate defaults for the operating system installation.


Select the datastore or datastore cluster to store the virtual machine configuration files and all of the virtual disks in. You can select the datastore that has the most suitable properties, such as size, speed, and availability, for your virtual machine storage.


Before you deploy a new virtual machine, you have the option to configure the virtual machine hardware and the virtual machine options.


In the Ready to complete page, you review the configuration selections that you made for the virtual machine.