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.

Only those options that are compatible with the selected host or cluster appear.

Select a virtual machine hardware version.

Option

Description

Virtual machine version 7

Compatible with ESX/ESXi 4.0 and later hosts. Provides greater virtual machine functionality. Recommended for virtual machines that need to run on ESX/ESXi 4.x hosts that do not need to migrate to ESX 3.x hosts.

Virtual machine version 8

Compatible with ESXi 5.0 and later hosts. Provides greater virtual machine functionality. Recommended for virtual machines that do not need to migrate to ESX/ESXi 4.x hosts.