VMware Hardware Version upgrades – The manual way.

The below process is somewhat manual in the process, but it’s been validated a few hundred times by myself personally. I like to think of VMware’s Virtual Hardware as a virtual motherboard, I remember this explanation was included in the VMware JumpStart materials I used to deliver back in the VI 3.x days. And the Virtual Hardware comes¬†with certain capabilities and restrictions. Newer motherboards are capable of more processors, more memory, more efficient, etc. And commonly, what you normally need to add/remove or replace on a motherboard is the same as Virtual Hardware, in that it often requires a power down to replace or upgrade such items. Yes Hot-Add has changed this somewhat, and definitely for the better, but it’s sometimes an afterthought in many peoples VM templates.