In Virtual Machine Manager, a hardware profile is a library resource containing hardware specifications that can be applied to a new virtual machine or a virtual machine template. A hardware profile can contain specifications for CPU, memory, network adapters, a DVD drive, a floppy drive, COM ports, and the priority given the virtual machine when allocating resources on a virtual machine host.

You can create hardware profiles that import a standard hardware configuration into a template or a virtual machine. The options are the same whether you update the hardware configuration of a virtual machine, a hardware profile, or a template.

Supported hardware configurations:  Hyper-V, Virtual Server, and VMware

Hardware profiles


Action Location

Create a virtual machine

New virtual machine (from any view) 

Create a hardware profile

New hardware profile (from Library View)

Create a template

New template (from Library View)

See Also

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