Virtual Machine Configuration

Definition - What does Virtual Machine Configuration mean?

Virtual machine configuration is the process of creating and assigning hardware, software, network, and peripheral devices, and other resources to a virtual machine. Virtual machine configuration is done automatically through the hypervisor or manually by the administrator whenever a new virtual machine is created.

Techopedia explains Virtual Machine Configuration

Virtual machine configuration primarily defines the overall operational specification of a virtual machine. Generally, virtual machine configuration is designed to meet the underlying requirements and capacity of the host physical machine. It is assigned with justifiable resources that can be scaled on run time by the hypervisor. Virtual machine configuration attributes include but are not limited to:

  • CPU allocation and settings
  • Memory allocation and settings
  • Storage allocation and settings
  • Peripheral device settings ( CD-ROM, floppy, etc.)
  • Boot order settings
  • Communication adapter and ports settings ( serial port, parallel port, USB, network adapter, etc.)
  • System startup and shutdown
  • Other administrative settings
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