You can select the type of guest operating system to install on the new virtual machine. Examples include Windows, Novel Netware, Solaris, Linux, and other operating systems.


On the Guest Operating System page, select the type of operating system from the Operating System list.


In the Version drop-down menu, select the specific operating system.


(Optional) Click Product Compatibility and select the hardware version to use for the new virtual machine.

Hardware version 7.0 is the default.


Click Next.

ESX uses your selection to do the following:

Select appropriate default values, such as the amount of memory needed.

Name files associated with the virtual machine.

Adjust settings for optimal performance.

Work around special behaviors and known issues within a guest operating system.