If the host or cluster where you place the virtual machine supports more than one VMware virtual machine version, you can select a version for the virtual machine.

1

On the Virtual Machine Version page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, select a version for the virtual machine.

Option

Description

Virtual machine version 7

Compatible with ESX 4.0 and greater hosts. It provides greater virtual machine functionality and is recommended for virtual machines that do not need to migrate to ESX 3.x hosts.

Virtual machine version 4

Compatible with ESX 3.0 and greater hosts. VMware recommends this option for virtual machines that must run on ESX 3.x hosts and for virtual machines that must share virtual hard disks with other version 4 virtual machines.

2

Click Next.

The Guest Operating System page opens.

Select a guest operating system for the virtual machine.