Creating a Virtual Machine in vSphere

To create a virtual machine login to vSphere and:

  1. Click on Virtual Machines
  2. Select Create/Register VM

This will initiate the virtual machine creation wizard. Click Create a new virtual machine and click Next

The next page allows you to configure the following:

  1. Name: Give your VM a name. Best Practices is to give it the same name as the intended hostname
  2. Compatibility: Generally you will want to make your VM compatible with the latest version of vSphere.
  3. Guest OS Family: Select between Windows, Linux, or Other
  4. Guest OS Version: Based off the guest OS family you will now be able to select the version. In my example I am creating a VM for Windows Server 2019 which is a newer OS than vSphere supports so I selected Server 2016.

Pick where you want to store your VM and click Next

The next page in the wizard allow you to customize your VM. It will have the recommended resource settings based off the Guest OS but you still need to:

  1. Configure disk provisioning. Thin for VMs that won’t see a lot of write usage and Thick Eager Zero if the VM will see a high write usage.
  2. Configure the adapter type: Click the drop down and select VMNETX if using a Windows VM. Leave it at E1000 for Linux VMs.
  3. Select which VLAN the VM will run on (If using multiple VLANs)
  4. Change the drop down to Datastore ISO file and and point the menu to the ISO where your datastore is located.
  5. Make sure it the Connected box is checked after adding your ISO
  6. Verify and click Finish

Once the VM is created and provisioned VSphere and then you can install your OS like you normally would.

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