Downgrading virtual machine hardware version 8 to version 7

  • Make sure you have a good backup of the VM
  • Power off the VM
  • Make sure the VM doesn’t have any snapshots before proceeding
  • From the ESX console or from a Putty session, edit the VMs VMX file, using your favorite editor
    vi /vmfs/volume/DS1/WIN2008srv/WIN2008srv.vmx
  • Change the virtual hardware version from:
    virtualHW.version = “8”

    to

    virtualHW.version = “7”

     

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