In this Lab, I will demonstrate how to create and Prepare VM machines for use.
A Virtual Machine is a consist of a bunch of files that store on a supported storage device. A key file that creates a VM is the configuration file, virtual disk file, NVRAM setting file, and log file. A VM is the typically a software computer that acts as a physical machine and runs with the operating system and applications.
A VM is the typically a software computer that acts as a physical machine and runs with the operating system and applications. Each VM has a virtual device that gives the exact functionality as physical hardware and also additional features in term of portability, security and manageability.
The Tasks list for the lab 3:
- Create a Virtual Machine
- Install a Guest Operating System in a Virtual Machine
- Identify a Virtual Machine Disk Format and Usage Statistics
- Install Tools on a Virtual Machine Installed with a Windows OS
- ESXi hostname and root password
- Virtual Machine Datastore
- Guest Operating system version [ windows 8 32 or 64 bits operating system]
- ISO image location
- Guest Installation ISO
Steps for the task: Create a Virtual Machine
Step 1: Login VMware VSphere Client by using root user and password. Click Home -> Inventory
Step 2: Right click on ESXi host in the inventory and Select the “New Virtual machine“
Step3: Now you need to perform the following actions that I showed on the screenshots
Option 1: Configuration: Select Custom
Option 2: Name and Location: Give the name of the Virtual Machine.
Option 3: Storage: Select the name of the VM datastore and click Next
Option 4: Virtual Machine Version: Keep the default
Option 5: Guest Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8 ( 32 bits / 64 bits)
Option 6: CPUs: Number of the
virtual processor. Keep it default
Option 7: Memory: Follow the instruction of the screen, At least 512 MB. In my case, I chose 1 GB
Option 8: Network: How many NIC you want to connect. You can keep it default. Select Connect at Power on.
Option 9: SCSI controller: Keep it default
Option 10: Select a Disk: Create a new virtual disk or keep it default
Option 11: Disk size: You should define at least 10 GB
Option 12: Advanced Options: Keep it default
Option 13: Read to complete: Click “Finish“
Step 4: Now click on the newly configure VM and select “Edit Setting”
Step 5: Click on CD/DVD device 1 and Select the “Datastore ISO file” Location. Then Device status: Select the “Connect at Power On“.Then “OK”
Steps for the task: Install a Guest Operating System in a Virtual Machine
After configured the new virtual machine, Now you need to install the Guest operating system.
Step1: On the summary tab, Click “Powe On” in the command panel. or Right click on your VM, and Select “Power ->Power On”
Step 3: Now monitoring the Installation process. It will take 25-30 minutes
After complete the installation, From the” Connect/Disconnect the CD/DVD devices of the Virtual Machine”, select “CD/DVD Drive 1 -> Disconnect from the datastore image”.
Steps for the task: Identify a Virtual Machine Disk format and Usage Statistics
In this task, I will show how to identify a virtual machine disk format
Step 1: Right-click on your newly created VM machines and select “Edit Setting”
In the hardware list, select Hard disk 1. Under the Disk Provisioning, Identify the VMDK type. In this case, it’s a “Thin Provision“. Click “Cancel” after verifying disk format.
Step 2: Click on your newly created VM again. Now click on “Summary” Tab. In the Resource panel, Click the “Refresh Storage Usage” link to update the provisioned storage and used storage metrics.
Steps for the task: Install Tools on a Virtual Machine Installed with a Windows OS
VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhanced the performance of the VM’s guest operating system and improves management of the VM.
Step 1: Log in the guest operating system from the newly created VM console.
In the Manu Bar of the VM console, Select VM -> Guest -> Send Ctrl+Alt+Del. Log in as administrator user id and password.
Step 2: Now you need to install VMware Tools into VMguest operating system from the menu bar of the VM console, Select VM -> Guest->Install/Upgrade VMware Tools. Complete the “Installation”.
Read the following message that is displayed on the screen and Click “Ok“
Thank you 🙂