ESXi can determine whether a virtual machine should use hardware support for virtualization. It makes this determination based on the processor type and the virtual machine. Overriding the automatic selection can provide better performance for some use cases.

1

Select a virtual machine.

In the virtual machines and templates inventory tree, select a group of virtual machines and select a virtual machine from the list on the right.

Search for a virtual machine and select it from the search results list.

2

In the VM Hardware panel, click Edit Settings.

3

Click Virtual Hardware.

4

Click the CPU triangle to expand the CPU settings.

5

From the CPU/MMU Virtualization drop-down menu, select an instruction set.

Automatic

Software CPU and MMU

Hardware CPU, Software MMU

Hardware CPU and MMU

6

Click OK.