vSphere 6.0: Creating a Virtual Machine (Part-11)

In previous post of this series, we’ve learned about virtual disk types such as thin provisioning, thick provisioning, and SCSI adapters. If you’ve missed previous posts of this series, you can find them here.

  1. Introduction to vSphere 6.0
  2. Introduction to Virtual Infrastructure
  3. vSphere 6.0 Lab Setup
  4. vSphere Client 6.0
  5. Install and Configure ESXi 6.0
  6. Configure IP Address and Hostname of ESXi 6.0
  7. Configure NTP Client using vSphere Web Client 
  8. Understanding Virtual Machine Files
  9. Virtual Machine Virtual Hardware
  10. Virtual Disk Types

In this post, we’ll learn a common but most important part of data center virtualization that is to create a VM. Creating a VM in virtual environment is a simple process, and can be created in several ways. But I’ll use the New Virtual Machine Wizard to create a VM by using vSphere Web Client.

Let’s start the VM creation process step-by-step.

Step 1: Login to vSphere Web Client using your credentials and click “Logon”.

Login to vSphere Web Client 6

Step 2: Click on the Host and Clusters

host and cluster in vsphere 6

Step 3: Right click on ESXi Host, click on “New Virtual Machine”, and click on “New Virtual Machine” again and New Virtual Machine Wizard will open.

Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 4: On New Virtual Machine Wizard, select “Create a new virtual machine” and click “Next”.

select new virtual machine

Step 5: Enter a VM name in “Enter a name for virtual machine” field and click “Next”.

virtual machine name

Step 6: Select a compute resource and click “Next”.

select compute resource

Step 7: Select storage and click “Next.

storage default

Note: Make sure in step 6 and 7, “Compatibility checks succeeded” should be ticked and green as shown in figures.

Step 8: Select compatible hardware version. Leave it default if you don’t know.

select compatibility

Step 9: Select Guest OS Version and click “Next”.

select guest OS

Step 10: Customize your VM’s hardware and click “Next”. You can change CPU, Memory, Hard disk size as per your requirement.

choose customize hardware

Step 11: Verify your configuration settings and click “Finish”.

verify configuration

Wait to complete the process of VM creation.

complete the task

A virtual machine has been created.

virtual machine in vcenter server

In next post, we’ll see how to install guest OS in a VM which we’ve created. To know more about Virtualization, ESXi, and VMs you can follow VMware vSphere 6 Part 1 – Virtualization, ESXi and VMs course.

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