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Renaming a virtual machine in VMware Fusion (1015695)

Purpose

This article describes how to rename a virtual machine in Fusion.
 
When creating a virtual machine, the default virtual machine name is the name of the operating system installed (i.e. - "Windows 7"). To avoid having multiple virtual machines with the same name, you can change the name of each virtual machine to something more descriptive and unique.

Resolution



To rename a virtual machine in Fusion:

Fusion 4.x and later
  1. From the Apple menu bar, select Virtual Machine > Settings.
  2. Click General.
  3. Click the existing name of the virtual machine to edit the text. 
  4. Rename the virtual machine and click outside the text box to save the new name of the virtual machine.
Fusion 3.x and earlier
  1. From the Apple menu bar, select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
  2. In the Virtual Machine Library, click the name of the virtual machine to reveal a text box.
  3. Edit the name of the virtual machine in the text box.
  4. Click outside of the text box to save the new name of the virtual machine.

Note: The virtual machine bundle and files will still bear the virtual machine's original name. These files are referenced by the virtual machine settings and should not be renamed. For more information, see Locating a hosted virtual machine's files (1003880).

Additional Information

If the virtual machine's Operating System has been upgraded:
  1. Change the virtual machine type in the drop-down menu below the virtual machine name. This machine type will ensure that the correct version of VMware Tools is installed.
  2. Add any additional comments in the Notes field in the text box below the virtual machine type drop-down menu, such as the old name of the virtual machine, the virtual machine's creation or upgrade dates.

Update History

10/25/2013 - Added Fusion 6.x information.

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