In the vSphere web client, you can deploy multiple VMs customized to suit your needs. In this article, we will explore how to deploy a VM in the vSphere Web Client.
- Deploying a VM in the vSphere Web Client
Deploying a VM in the vSphere Web Client
A new VM can be deployed from the vSphere Web Client. Right-click on your data center (or use the ACTIONS button) and select New Virtual Machine.
There are multiple methods for creating a new VM:
- It is possible to create it and select an ISO from your datastore in the process. You can upload ISO files by connecting via SFTP.
- You can deploy a VM from your own template, an external template, or an OVHcloud template.
- You can clone an existing VM (be careful to avoid IP address conflicts).
- You can clone a VM into a template so that you can deploy your next VM more quickly.
- You can clone a template into another template. Make use of this, for example, to have the template available on different datastores and thus prevent performance loss during a massive deployment.
- You can convert a template into a VM. This will cause the template to be lost but may be useful if you want to modify it.
The following instructions will focus on deploying a VM using an ISO (Create a new virtual machine).
The next step allows you to define a name for the VM and choose a location. If you do not choose a folder, it will be created at the root of the data center.
You can then choose the cluster, host, resource pool, or vApp to place it.
In this case, the VM will be deployed according to the configured DRS rules, and will be placed at the root of the cluster.
Next, you can choose the database in which you would like to store the configuration and disk files. We do not recommend placing your VM in "storageLocal", which corresponds to the local storage of your host. If your host fails, your VM will not be able to restart and will no longer be accessible.
Then select the compatibility between your VM and the host. Unless otherwise noted, it is recommended that you choose the latest one.
In this step, choose a guest OS. This does not install the OS - it pre-configures the VM for its usage (CPU/RAM, type of NIC, support for VMware Tools installation).
In the next step, we will configure the VM's resources. The "New Network" row allows you to add a network adapter:
- "VM Network" is used for the public network and direct internet access
- The VLANs will allow you to use the private network between your virtual machines (and other OVHcloud services using vRack)
In the "New CD/DVD Drive" row, you can select "Datastore ISO File". A new window will open where you can browse to your ISO file. It can also be added after the VM is created.
Once the file is selected, it will be displayed as shown below. Do not forget to tick the Connect At Power On option.
A summary of the VM specifications will be displayed. To change your configuration, you can click one of the configuration steps on the left-hand sidebar. Click FINISH to finalize the deployment.
Once the VM is ready, you can start it by right-clicking on it and then clicking Power and Power On.
Finally, click on Open Remote Console to access the "screen" of the VM and begin the installation of the OS.
The console will open in a new tab and, after you have completed the installation, you will be able to use your VM.
Once your VM is installed, it is recommended that you disconnect the ISO in the settings. Otherwise, you will not be able to move the VM.
Having read this article, you should know how to deploy a VM in the vSphere Web Client.