Hidden Configuration Options In VMware ESXi

Recently I was having trouble installing Hyper-V on a VMware VM, when I stumbled upon a plethora of hidden configuration options available to change settings on VMware VMs.

These hidden settings are applied to a VM via editing the VMX file thusly:

  • snapshot.maxSnapshots = Control the maximum number of VMware snapshots
  • monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = Run virtual ESXi hosts on top of ESX or ESXi
  • replay.allowBTOnly = Allow FT to be enabled on a VM running on a virtual instance of ESXi
  • replay.allowBT = Allow FT to be enabled on a VM running on a virtual instance of ESXi
  • cpuid.coresPerSocket = Specify the number of cores per physical socket
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