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Set Default Version of VMs in VMware Workstation 6.5

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Software, Virtualization-2

In many medium to large scale organizations VMware workstation is only used to create virtual machines. Created virtual machines are then transported to any branch offices where VMware players or legacy versions of VMware workstations are used to run the VMs. Whenever a new virtual machine is created in VMware workstation by default the version of virtual machine is set according to the version of VMware workstation. However branch offices may have older versions of VMware workstations on which virtual machines of latest versions might not work because of compatibility issues. VMware workstation offers a unique feature that can be quite handy for the administrators who work in these types of scenarios. While creating a virtual machine virtual machine creation wizard allows administrators to choose the appropriate version of VM that they want to create. This is a manual task that is to be done every time a new virtual machine is created. However if administrators want they can specify their desired version of virtual machines as default. As an administrator you can do so by following the steps given below:

  1. Open VMware console window and from Edit menu click on Preferences.

  2. On Preferences box make sure that you are on Workspace tab.

  3. From the drop-down list in front of Default hardware compatibility select the appropriate version that you want to set as default for every new virtual machine that will be created.

  4. Once you are convinced with the configuration you have made click on Ok button to make the changes permanent.