VMware IaaS – Create a virtual machine

If you subscribe to vServer Center VMware IaaS, you can create a virtual machine anytime you prefer as long as you have access to a PC and it is connected to the internet. In the following example, I am going to show you how to do create a virtual machine (VM) and install a Linux operating system.

1. Open a web browser and go to the IaaS URL. You should be able to find that URL from the welcome email we sent you after you subscribe to the service. Typically it is going to be https://vcd.vservercenter.com/cloud/org/{your customer ID here}. If you have trouble locate the URL, please contact Cybercon support team. One you enter the URL, log in with the User name and password. Again, you should be able to find the information from the service subscription welcome email.

2. Once you log in to the VMware vcloud director management interface, click Build New vApp.

3. A new vApp window will appear on the browser. Enter the name of the new vApp and click Next.

4. Inside each vApp, you can create multiple Virtual Machines. In this example, I am going to just create one VM. Click the New Virtual Machine button.

5. Enter the name of the VM and select the resource you need for the VM then click OK to continue.

6. The VM you are going to install will appear on the VM list. Click Next to continue.

7. Select the Virtual Datacenter you like to put the vApp to then choose the Storage Profile. Click Next to continue.

8. Choose the network where your new VM is going to connect to and click Next.

9. In the next Configure Networking screen, click Next

10. Click Finish to complete the process.

11. You just create a vApp. It should appear in the main screen.

12. Now, we need to power on the vApp. If you have multiple VMs inside the vApp, you can turn on all of them with one single click. Of course, you can control the VMs starting sequence.

13. To start the vApp, right click on the vApp and choose Start.

14. Once the vApp is started, you can access the VMs. Click the VM within the vApp to access the VM console.

15. Since it is a new VM without OS, you should see the VM complaint about not able to boot. So we need to install a OS to this machine. There are few ways to do it, in this example, we are going to use a local CD/DVD drive with the CentOS install media. At the upper right hand corner of the console screen, click the CD/DVD symbol.

16. A new window will appear, just choose the CD/DVD drive and click Ok. In our example here, the DVD disc is located in the S: drive, so we choose S: and click OK.

17. Once the vCloud Director web management interface is able to access the drive, it will pop up a window that said Connection successful. If you have problem accessing the CD/DVD drive, you may need to close the current browser window and re-run the browser as Administrator.

18. Single click on the console and hit any key should make the VM reboot to the DVD ROM. From there, you should be able to install the OS. Since Installation of CentOS Linux is beyond the scope of this article, I will skip that part. Please refer to the CentOS (or any other OS) installation procedure article find in this site if you need help on the OS installation.

19. Once you finish the OS installation and the VM is rebooted, you should see the log in screen similar to the diagram shown.

20. If you do not need to use the CD/DVD disc anymore, you can click the CD/DVD icon again and choose None to unmount the disc. That conclude the VM creation within the VMware IaaS service. You can now log in to the VM via the console to configure the VM OS.
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