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How to Upgrade VM Hardware Using VMware Update Manager

Each ESXi host comes with it’s own VM Hardware Version which defines the maximum configuration supported for Virtual Machine. For Example how much maximum Hard disk you can use with VM, How much maximum CPU you can assign to VM etc etc. So in this post we will see on How you can Upgrade VM Hardware using VMware Update Manager.

Update Manager allows you to Upgrade VM Hardware version as well using the VMware Update Manager UI. So now you can easily Upgrade VMware Hardware versions. It is necessary to go for VM Hardware Upgrade after ESXi Upgrades so to use the full functionality of the Supported features on Virtual Machine & run VMs efficiently.

So let’s see How to Upgrade VM Hardware using VMware Update Manager:

Step 1:
View the VM for which you want to go for VM Hardware Upgrade. You can view the details of VM Hardware in Compatibility.

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

Step 2:
Select the Host or Cluster on Which Virtual Machines Hardware you want to Upgrade.
Go to Updates Tab.
Select VM Hardware.
Here you can see it is disabled click on Enable to enable it.

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

Step 3:
Once you Enable you can click on Check Status to check for all the VMs residing on the Host eligible for Hardware Upgrade.
You will get the list of VM’s which Hardware is older and you can upgrade.
Select the VM & click “Upgrade to Match Host” to Upgrade VM Hardware.

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

Step 4:
Here you can see 3 different sections:
VM will Upgrade: You can see the List of VMs can be Upgrade in the first one.
Scheduling Options: Here you can schedule VM Hardware Upgrade on non Production hours.
Rollback Options: Here you can configure to take snapshots before going for Upgrade and for how long you want to keep Snapshot to revert for any failure.

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

Step 5:
Select the VMs which Hardware you want to Upgrade. You can also go for multiple upgrade but only 5 VM Hardware can be upgraded at a time per host.
So select the VM and click “Upgrade to Match Host” to start the VM Hardware Upgrade.

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

It will just take few seconds to Upgrade the VM Hardware.
You can see the status of the Hardware Upgrade in Recent Tasks:

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

Once the Upgrade is completed successfully you can check the Summary Section of VM to verify it.

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

If you want to go for Individual VM basis then select the VM and go to Updates to Upgrade VM Hardware Version:
As you can see that VM is Upgraded successfully so it is showing as Up to date.

upgrade vm hardware using vmware update manager

So using this way you can easily Upgrade VM Hardware using VMware Update Manager.

Note: VM Hardware Upgrade is very critical task so make sure to create snapshots using Rollback options so if any failure occurs you can revert to snapshot easily.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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