Performance Cloud VMware – How to create a virtual machine using a prebuilt template and a vApp


Notes

vApps are not mandatory to run virtual machines but are strongly recommended as they could be necessary for some tasks in the future.

Examples: To delete virtual machines or to restore virtual machines.


To execute this procedure, we assume there is a vApp in place. If not, here is the article to create a vApp.
 

To execute this procedure, we assume there is a virtual network in place. If not, here is the article to create a virtual network.
 

To create a virtual machine with an OVA/OVF template, please see this article: https://helpdesk.sherweb.com/en/support/solutions/articles/67000664215-how-to-import-an-ova-ovf-template-without-using-a-catalog


For the creation of a virtual machine with your own ISO file (and your own licenses), please consult this article: https://helpdesk.sherweb.com/en/support/solutions/articles/67000661448-how-to-manage-a-catalog-to-create-add-templates-and-import-isos 

Important notes

  • Windows Server is already activated in prebuilt templates.

Please consider the following two (2) items regarding creating disks or increasing the size of virtual hard drives:

  • Reducing the size of a virtual hard disk is not an option available through the portal and requires several complex steps.

  • Using the full storage quota can cause some features to not work, the inability to add RAM to virtual machines, and even the need to add additional storage and backups addons, thereby increasing monthly fees.

    It is strongly recommended to limit the use of the storage quota to 80% because all the elements below, in addition to the virtual disks, count against the total storage quota of your virtual data center:
    • Virtual machine templates
    • ISO files
    • Snapshots created manually or automatically by the backup system
    • Virtual machine memory swap files (.vswp file

Procedure

  1. Login to the Performance Cloud VMware portal using your credentials.
      
  2. Select your virtual datacenter.


     
  3. Under the Compute section, click on vApps. Select your vApp, click on ACTIONS, then on Add, and finally on Add VM.



  4. Click on ADD VIRTUAL MACHINE.


     
  5. Enter the information for the new virtual machine:
    • Name: Enter the name of your virtual machine
    • Computer Name: Change the host name of the virtual machine (if different than entered name)
    • Description: Optional - Describe your virtual machine
    • Type: Select From Template
    • Templates: Select the desired template (Example: Windows Server 2019 Datacenter)

      and click on OK

       
  6. Click on ADD.



  7. Wait until the creation is completed.

     
  8. Once the virtual machine is created, click on DETAILS of your vApp.



  9. Click on Virtual Machines and then click on the newly created virtual machine.


     
  10. Click on Guest OS Customization and then click on EDIT.



  11. Make sure the following options are selected:
    • Enable guest customization
    • Change SID 
    • Allow local administrator password
    • Auto generate password

      and click on SAVE.



  12. Click on ALL ACTIONS, then Power and Power on, Force Recustomization.



    Once powered on for the first time, the recustomization will be pushed inside the OS and reboot the machine by itself.

    Note: For subsequent power-ons, the Power on (without recustomization) option will be the option to take.

  13. Once recustomization is done and the VM is started, refresh your browser and go back to Guest OS Customization. You will now see the password generated to access the virtual machine.

Configure the virtual machine network

  1. In the Hardware section, click on NICs, then on EDIT.

       
  2. Configure the following :
  • Connect the NIC
  • Select the virtual network for this virtual machine.
  • Select the IP mode
  • Define the static IP address (if the chosen IP mode is Static – Manual)

    and click on SAVE.

Resize virtual machine

 To change the amount of CPU or RAM allocated to the new virtual machine, shutdown the virtual machine. Still in the Hardware section, click on Compute, then EDIT above the CPU section to modify the number of virtual CPUs and/or on EDIT above Memory to modify the amount of memory. Adjust the quantities according to your needs.



To add one or more additional virtual hard disks or to increase the size of an already attached disk, click on Hard Disks, then click EDIT.


Click on ADD to add an additional hard drive.


Increase the disk size and set the disk policy as needed. Then click on SAVE.


Note: The default hard disk policy is Premium SSD. The policies available depend on the storage types enabled through your Cumulus account management portal.



When increasing the size of a hard disk, the next step is to extend the partition inside the operating system.

Access the virtual machine via the console

Click on ALL ACTIONS, then on VM Console, and on Launch Web Console.
 
 

Log in with the password generated in Guest OS Customization.


You can change the automatically generated password inside the operating system.


If Static IP – Manual mode has been configured on the network adapter, configure a static IP address inside your virtual machine.


If you haven't already, you now need to configure your edge gateway to enable network connectivity and internet access.