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Version 4 vs. Version 7 hardware

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Version 4 vs. Version 7 hardware - 28.Feb.2011 10:19:02 PM   
Scott Lowe


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With vSphere 4.0, VMware has also released s new version of virtual hardware - version 7 - but still supports the older hardware version - version 4.

Version 4

* Runs on ESX 3.0 and later – including vSphere – VMware Server 1.0 and later.
* Recommended when you’re sharing storage with ESX 3 or 3.5 machines.
* Use if you need to migrate virtual machines back to ESX 3.x for anything.

Version 7

* Runs on vSphere 4.0 and later as well as VMware Server 2.0.
* Use when you don’t need to migrate machines back to ESX 3.x servers. You cannot run version 7 virtual guests under versions of ESX prior to 4.0.

The table below shows you the primary differences between the two virtual hardware versions.

Version 4
Default for ESX 3.5x and lower
65 GB Max
4 vCPU max

Version 7
Default for vSphere 4.0+
255 GB Max
8 vCPU max
USB support
Hot add processors and RAM (if OS supports)

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