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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Downgrading the virtual machine hardware version in ESX/ESXi (1028019)

Symptoms

  • A virtual machine does not boot after upgrading the virtual hardware version to 7, 8, 9, or 10.
  • You cannot migrate or power on a virtual machine created on an newer version of ESX/ESXi to an older version.

Purpose

This article provides steps to downgrade virtual machine hardware from a newer version to an older version.

Resolution

To downgrade virtual machine hardware, power off the virtual machine and perform one of these options:
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