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How to Modify the Properties of a Hardware Profile

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

You can update any existing hardware profile to modify settings for one or more virtual machine hardware components. After you make changes, any new virtual machines that are created by using that hardware profile will use the updated hardware configuration settings. Changes do not affect existing virtual machines that were created earlier by using this profile, nor do they affect settings on a template or virtual machine into which this profile was imported earlier. No association is maintained with the hardware profile after a virtual machine or template is created.


To modify an existing hardware profile:

  1. In Library view, click the Profiles node in the navigation pane, double-click the hardware profile in the results pane that you want to modify, and then click the Hardware Settings tab.

  2. Configure the hardware components.

    • Startup Order—Select the order of devices to start the operating system.

    • CPU Requirements—Specify processor requirements for the virtual machine.

    • Memory—Specify the amount of memory to allocate to the virtual machine, and whether to use Dynamic Memory.


      Support for Dynamic Memory was introduced in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

    • Floppy Drive—Configure the virtual floppy drive to read a physical floppy disk on the host or to read a virtual floppy disk file stored in the library.

    • Video Adapter—Configure the virtual video adapter for a virtual machine.


      Support for video adapter settings was introduced in VMM 2008 R2 with SP1.

    • DVD or CD Drive—Add a virtual DVD or CD drive to an IDE bus.

    • Virtual Hard Disk—Add a virtual hard disk to an IDE device or a SCSI adapter.

    • Network Adapters—Configure one or more virtual network adapters for a virtual machine.

    • Priority and Availability—Configure the virtual machine's priority for CPU and memory resources on the host. Configure the virtual machine to be highly available.


      Support for memory resource priority was introduced in VMM 2008 R2 with SP1.

See Also


How to Create a Hardware Profile