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: