Create and manage a VM#
A virtual machine (VM) is software that mimics the behavior of a stand-alone computer. You can use a VM to:
Install an operating system.
Install and run applications.
Instead of physical hardware, a VM uses virtual hardware such as virtual CPU (vCPU), virtual RAM (vRAM), virtual network interface card (vNIC), and virtual disks (vDisk) to complete operations. Because a single physical device can include multiple VMs, using VMs helps you to optimize hardware resources.
This chapter contains the following sections: