When you select the typical configuration option in the New Virtual Machine wizard, Workstation creates a virtual machine that has specific hardware and software features. After the virtual machine is created, you can change many of these features by modifying virtual machine settings.

Shared virtual machines and virtual machines that you create on remote hosts do not have the same features as virtual machines that you create on the local host system. See Using VMware Workstation for information on creating shared and remote virtual machines.

A typical virtual machine has the following hardware features.

The hardware compatibility of the virtual machine is the same as the default hardware compatibility setting configured in Workstation preferences. By default, the default hardware compatibility setting is the installed Workstation version.

One processor and one processor per core. Workstation chooses the execution mode for the virtualization engine based on the guest operating system and the host CPU.

One IDE CD/DVD drive, which is configured to connect at power on and autodetect a physical drive on the host system.

One floppy drive, which is configured to connect at power on and autodetect a physical drive on the host system.

One virtual network adapter, which is configured to connect at power on and use network address translation (NAT). With NAT networking, the virtual machine shares the IP address of the host system.

One USB controller.

One sound card, which is configured to use the default sound card on the host system.

One display, which is configured to use the display settings on the host computer.

The options that you select when you create the virtual machine determine the amount of memory that is allocated to the virtual machine, the size of the virtual disk, and whether the virtual disk is split into multiple virtual disk files.

A typical virtual machine has the following software features.

The drag-and-drop and cut and paste features are enabled.

Shared folders and remote access by VNC clients are disabled.

The virtual machine is not encrypted.

VMware Tools must be updated manually.