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VMware vCenter Cookbook by Konstantin Kuminsky

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Using new virtual hardware

The virtual machine hardware version is a set of hardware features. In most cases, it's the host's physical hardware used for virtual features, including PCI slots, EFI, CPUs, and so on.

The hardware version defines the following:

  • Memory limits for VMs
  • CPU limits for VMs
  • The storage and network adapters available
  • Guest OSes available for a VM
  • Other virtual hardware capabilities

Comparison of a subset of features available in different hardware versions is outlined in the following table:

 

Hardware version 8

Hardware version 9

Hardware version 10

Memory limit, GB

1011

1011

1011

Maximum number of CPUs

32

64

64

Maximum number of storage adapters

4

Including PVSCSI

4

Including PVSCSI

4

Including PVSCSI

Maximum number ...

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