Create virtual machines

Here are the instructions to create virtual machines using vSphere Web Client:

1. Launch the vSphere Web Client, and connect to a vCenter Server instance. From a datacenter or ESXi host in the inventory, right-click and select New Virtual Machine from the Actions menu:

create virtual machine

2. In the New Virtual Machine Wizard, select Create a new virtual machine and click Next:

creating new virtual machine

3. Type the virtual machine name and select a location in the inventory where the VM will reside:

creating new virtual machine name

4. Select a host, cluster or resource pool on which the VM will run:

select a compute resource

5. Next, select a datastore where the VM files will be located:

creating new virtual machine datastore

6. Select the VMware virtual machine version. If the VM you are creating will be shared with ESXi hosts running both version 5.1 and version 5.5, choose ESXi 5.1 and later (VM version 9). If the VM will be used only with vSphere 5.5, then choose ESXi 5.5 and later (VM version 10):

creating new virtual machine version

7. Select the guest operating system version:

creating new virtual machine guest operating system

8. At the Customize Hardware screen you can configure the number of vCPUs, amount of RAM, number of NICs, the network to connect to, network adapter type, etc:

creating new virtual machine hardware

9. Verify the information and click Finish to start creating the virtual machine:

creating new virtual machine start

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