Checking VM hardware version

Every VM image file generated from a VMware program has a hardware version number.

The VM hardware version affects:

  • Whether the VM can be imported in Skytap Cloud. The VM hardware version must be compatible with Skytap Cloud’s hypervisor.
  • The hardware options and capabilities available to the VM when it is in Skytap, with later versions (higher numbers) typically having more options and greater capabilities.

Skytap uses a VMware ESXi hypervisor that primarily supports hardware version 11 (HW11). Older VMs can be imported and used in Skytap Cloud, but they may be automatically upgraded during the import process.

Notes

  • For more detailed information about VM hardware versions, refer to the VMware KB article at kb.vmware.com/kb/1003746
  • Power A particular type of CPU that supports IBM i, AIX, and Linux in Skytap Cloud. VMs don’t use a VMware hypervisor or hardware version.
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Hardware version compatibility for importing VMs into Skytap

Skytap uses a VMware ESXi hypervisor that primarily supports hardware version 11 (HW11). VMs with older hardware versions may be imported into Skytap, but depending on the hardware version and region, they may be upgraded to hardware version 11 during the import process. For more information, see the table below.

HW Version

VMware Product Compatibility

Can import into Skytap?

Upgraded to HW 11 during import?

12

Fusion 8

Workstation 12

No.

Cannot be imported into Skytap.

You must downgrade the VM before importing it. For instructions, the following VMware videos:

11

Fusion 7

Workstation 11

Yes

N/A

10

Fusion 6

Workstation 10

ESX 5.5

Yes

Not upgraded

9

Fusion 5

Workstation 9

ESX 5.1

Yes

Upgraded to HW11 in US-Central, US-East-2, CAN-Toronto, EMEA, and AUS-Sydney

Not upgraded in US-West, US-East, and APAC

8

Fusion 4

Workstation 8

ESX 5.0

Yes

Upgraded to HW11 in US-Central, US-East-2, CAN-Toronto, EMEA, and AUS-Sydney

Not upgraded in US-West, US-East, and APAC

7

Fusion 2.X

Workstation 6.5

Workstation 7 ESX 4.X

Yes

Upgraded to HW11 in US-Central, US-East-2, CAN-Toronto, EMEA, and AUS-Sydney

Not upgraded in US-West, US-East, and APAC

6

Fusion 1.1

Workstation 6.0

ESX 4.X

Yes

Upgraded to HW11 in all regions

Workstation 5.x VM

Fusion 1.1

Workstation 5.X

ESX 4.X

Yes

Upgraded to HW11 in all regions

How to find the VM hardware version for a VM in Skytap

The hardware version for each VM is displayed on the VM Settings page.

  1. Navigate to the VM Settings > Hardware page.

    hardware settings

  2. If the VM has an older hardware version, you can upgrade it to the latest version. For more information, see Upgrading VM hardware versions.

How to find the VM hardware version for a VM in VMware Fusion or Workstation

Instructions for VMware Fusion
  1. In the Virtual Machine Library, select the VM and shut it down.
  2. Click the Settings button in the toolbar at the top of the Library. (Or from Virtual Machine, click Settings.
  3. When the Settings window displays, select the Compatibility button in the Other section.
  4. In the Compatibility window, open Advanced Options and view the VM hardware version.
Instructions for VMware Workstation
  1. On the main Workstation screen, select the VM. The VM details page displays.
  2. In Virtual Machine Details below the thumbnail, look for Hardware Compatibility.

How to find the VM hardware version for a VMX or OVF file

  1. Open the VMX or OVF file in a text editor (such as WordPad).
  2. For VMX files, find the line virtualHW.version = "#" near the top of the document. # is the hardware version number. For OVF files, find the line vmx-# near the upper-middle of the document. # is the hardware version number.