Change the Configured Guest Operating System

Change the Configured Guest Operating System in the vSphere Client

 

When you change the guest operating system type in the virtual machine settings, you change the setting for the guest operating system in the virtual machine’s configuration file. Changing the guest operating system type after the virtual machine is created does not retroactively change those settings. It affects the recommendations and setting ranges offered after the change.

 

Prerequisites

Power off the virtual machine.

 

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. Click the Options tab and select General Options.
  3. Under Version select a guest operating system type and version.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.

 


 

 

 

 

How To Change the Configured Guest Operating System in the vSphere Web Client

 

When you change the guest operating system type in the virtual machine settings, you change the setting for the guest operating system in the virtual machine’s configuration file. To change the guest operating system itself, you must install the new operating system in the virtual machine.

 

Use Case: You might change the guest operating system, for example, if you are upgrading the guest operating system installed in the virtual machine.

 

Prerequisites

Power off the virtual machine.

 

Procedure

  1. Select a virtual machine.
  2. In the VM Hardware panel, click Edit Settings.
  3. Click VM Options.
  4. Click the General Options triangle to show the guest operating system options.
  5. From the Guest OS drop-down menu, select the guest operating system family.
  6. Select a guest operating system version.
  7. If you selected Other (32-bit) or Other (64-bit), enter a name for the operating system in the text box.
  8. Click OK.