vServer Appliance – new VM

Installing a new Virtual Machine on vServer is similar to installing on ESXi. Right click on the host IP and choose “New Virtual Machine”.

  • On the new page you will see some options: New Virtual Machine, Deploy from template, Clone existing VM, Clone VM to template, Clone template to template and Convert template to VM. This tutorial is about creating a new Virtual Machine, you need to choose “Create a new virtual machine”. Clone an existing VM will make an exact copy of a existing virtual machine. A template is a master copy of a VM that can be used to create many VM clones. If you need to deploy many VMs to users, just create a template VM and then from that template create new VMs and deploy those to users.
  • Next step is to choose a name for your VM and the location for the new VM.
  • Select the destination compute resources. Choose the host
  • Next step is for choosing the storage. If you have more disks select the correct one and click Next.
  • Select the compatibility with ESXi versions. Click Next.
  • Next step is to choose the Guest OS. For Windows, choose Windows Family and next select from the list the version that you will plan to install. Click Next after the selection.
  • Next step is to customize hardware for the new VM. Similar to ESXi new VM, you will choose how many CPU you want to use, how much memory and big the drive will be. For the CD/DVD when you select Datastore ISO file you need to Browse for the ISO file, otherwise will not going to the next step.
  • After you click on Browse, it will open a new window and you’ll need to find the correct ISO file that will be used to install the new OS for the VM. From this window you cannot upload new ISO files. If you need to upload a new ISO file, go back to the main menu and click on Storage and then click on Files -> Upload Files / Folder. After the new files were uploaded you can select them from the window that Browse to select an ISO file.
  • Last step is the confirmation page. Check that everything is OK and click Finish. If something doesn’t look right, click on Back and make changes to the settings.
  • After the VM were created, click on the host and the new VM will show up.
  • After you click on a VM you’ll see many options. One of the option is for Power (Power On, Power Off, Suspend, Reset, ShutDown Guest OS, Reset Guest OS). For the first time use, choose the Power On to install Windows OS.
  • Another option is Clone. You can choose from Clone to VM (will make an identical copy of the VM), Clone to Template (will make a master copy of the VM that will be used later as a template VM) or Clone to Template in Library (will make a master copy of the VM that will be used later as a template VM. This template will be added into the local Library and the format for the files will be OVF) .
  • Another option for the VM is Template (Convert to Template, Export OVF Template). With Convert to Template you will take the VM and turn it into a Template. Once is converted it cannot be used as a VM, will be used only as a Template to deploy new VMs. With Export OVF Template, the VM is copied and converted into an OVF (Open Virtualization Format) format. You can use the OVF template to deploy new VMs.
  • Another option is Snapshot menu. With a Snapshot you will create a copy of the VM disk file (VMDK file) at a given point in time. If you want to update/install new software on a VM and you want to test it first to make sure is working, create a Snapshot before and if something wrong happen with the update, go back and revert it from the latest Snapshot file. Very useful to test updates or new software that you are not sure how working on your OS.
  • Another useful option is Edit Settings. With this option you have two tabs: Virtual Hardware and VM Options. Let look at first tab, you can change CPU/Memory/Hard disk space/ Network Adapter/ CD or DVD/ Video Card. Make sure if you want to edit any settings that your VM is turn off. If the VM is running you cannot edit most of the settings.
  • The second tab of Edit Settings is more about Boot Options, Encyption, Remote Console Options, Power management.
  • Another useful option, go to Main Menu -> open Administration.
  • After you open the Administration go to Users and Groups.
  • On the new window you’ll see many tabs/buttons. The two top tabs are Users and Groups. When you want to want to Add User (see the button) make sure you selected to correct Domain, otherwise will add the user to LOCALOS (default option) and not the domain you want to add the user.
  • When you click on Add User, you will choose a user name (has to be unique), a password and optional: First and Last name, email and description.
  • Second top tab is for Groups: Add new or Edit existing groups.
  • If you want to create a new Group, when you clicked on Groups tab, click on Add Group. You need to choose a name for the new Group, select the Domain where you want to have the Group created and Add at least a member into the new Group. Click OK when you are done.
  • If you want to add a new member into an existing group, click on the Group that you want to edit and you have the button to Add Member. Select the correct Domain and use Search to find the user you want to add into a group.

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