Advanced Properties of a Virtual Machine

*VMware vCloud Air and VMware vCloud Director user interfaces (UI) both offer standard options to manage your virtual machines, such as starting up and shutting down, registering and unregistering backups, and creating and deleting snapshots. To gain more control over your virtual machines, you can set additional advanced properties in the VMware vCloud Director UI. The following shows you how to access the advanced properties of a virtual machine and then summarizes the types of advanced properties you can set.

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1. Access Advanced Properties of a Virtual Machine

After you have created a virtual data center, set up a network, and deployed a virtual machine, you can further customize settings for the virtual machine by accessing its advanced properties.

If you're not already logged in, to get started:

  1. Go to and log in to vCloud Air.
  2. On the Dashboard tab, click the virtual data center where the virtual machine resides (in this example, we use the SHAREPOINT virtual data center).

  3. Click the Virtual Machines tab, and then click Manage in vCloud Director.
  • The vCloud Director UI starts up in another browser tab.

4. On the My Cloud tab, click the vApp you want, and then click the Virtual Machines tab.

  • You see the virtual machines deployed for the vApp.

5. Right-click on the virtual machine you want to see options for.

  • You see the vApp VM Menu.
  • Note: Available options depend on how the machine is deployed and whether it is powered on.

6. To control the virtual machine details, click Properties.

2. Customize Advanced Properties of a Virtual Machine

  1. On the General tab, you can view information such as the virtual machine name, computer name, operating system, version of VMware tools, memory, and storage.

  2. On the Hardware tab, you can change the number of CPUs, amount of memory, and disk size of a virtual machine. You also can add and disconnect network adapters and change the IP mode.

  3. On the Guest OS Customization tab, you can set whether guests are permitted to use the virtual machine and passwords, plus other settings related to guest access.

  4. On the Resource Allocation tab, if the virtual machine is in a Dedicated Cloud instance, you can set the priority level of the machine relative to other virtual machines in the environment. Note that these are specific advanced settings that require knowledge of what the impact will be on other virtual machines in the environment. This option is not available for virtual machines inside a Virtual Private Cloud.