How to Create a Hardware Profile


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

You can use the following procedure to create a hardware profile in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). A hardware profile specifies the hardware settings that you want the virtual machine to use when the virtual machine is created and deployed.

To create a hardware profile

  1. Open the Library workspace.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Create group, click Create, and then click Hardware Profile.

    The New Hardware Profile dialog box opens.

  3. On the General tab, in the Name box, enter a name for the hardware profile. For example, enter 8 GB 2 processor server.

    As of VMM in System Center 2012 R2, also select the generation—Generation 1 or Generation 2. For more information, see Understanding Generation 1 and Generation 2 Virtual Machines in VMM.

  4. Click the Hardware Profile tab, and then configure the desired settings. For example, you can configure the following settings:

    • The number of processors

    • The amount of static or Dynamic memory

    • The logical network

    • Whether to make the virtual machine highly available

    • Which capability profiles to use


    • If you want to deploy the virtual machine to a private cloud, you must select a capability profile that is supported by the private cloud. For more information about capability profiles, see How to Create a Private Cloud from Host Groups.
    • As of VMM in System Center 2012 R2, the hardware options that are available are those of the generation that you selected in the previous step.

    After you have made your selections, click OK.

  5. To verify that the profile was created, in the Library pane, expand Profiles, and then click Hardware Profiles.

    The hardware profile appears in the Profiles pane.

See Also

Creating Profiles and Templates in VMM