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Creating VMs

This example was created using a teaching only vCenter on a private address and using Firefox v31 (or later).

  1. Go to https://vcsa-kruse.lab.its.ohio.edu:9443 and login. To use the console you will NEED to install the plugin listed on the login page.

  2. From the Home screen select the "Hosts and Clusters" option.


  3. Opening the left-hand tree will show all available hosts and clusters.

  4. Right-click on the host to create the new VM and select "New Virtual Machine..." This will start a wizard that will walk through the steps of creating a new VM.


  5. The default choice is the create a new VM. However, there are several other choices on the list that could be useful.

  6. In section 2a of the wizard there are options for datacenter/folder. Use the default choice of placing you VM in the default datacenter. This is also the screen to enter the unique name for the VM.

  7. Step 2b is the selection of initial host for the VM. Select from the list of hosts the correct one.

  8. Step 2c is the selection of storage (hard disk) that will be used by the VM. A SAN is configured on the hosts and will be required for any cluster/vMotion operations. Select SAN2-LUN1 as shown.

  9. Step 2d sets the hosts compatibility. Use the default choice supplied.

  10. Step 2e is the selection of OS for the guest. Set the pull down menus to the operating system and CPU type needed.

  11. Step 2f is the hardware customization screen. Here all parts of the VM can be adjusted (RAM, CPU and other hardware options). This is also the screen used to attach the disk ISO to your VM so it will boot from the image and start the OS install.

  12. Using the pull down for the CD/DVD Drive select "Datastore ISO File". In the sub-menu navigate to the SAN2-LUN1, and then into the ISO folder. This is the folder that has pre-uploaded ISO images for use. Select the image you want and press next.

  13. Back at the "New Virtual Machine" wizard MAKE SURE to check the box "Connect..." or the ISO will not be connected to your VM.

  14. A network card (NIC) will need to be added to the VM. [Why this isn't done by default we don't know....] At the bottom of the wizard is an option to add a "New Device:" use the pull down (up) menu to select "Network" and click the "Add" button to add this option to your VM. Once added you will need to select a network for that NIC to be connected to. Using the pull down menu select an appropriate choice.

  15. The final screen will show a summary of the VM about to be created. Click on the "Finish" box to have it start building the VM.

  16. Start up the VM (using "Power On" in the the context menu) then switch to the console and complete the installation. Note: You MUST have the VMware Tools installed in your guest to have any of the advanced features function.

  17. Once the OS installation is finished, edit the hardware configuration and change the "CD/DVD Drive". Change the setting to "Client Device". Otherwise the VM will boot each time into the installation ISO.