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Create a Blank Virtual Machine

Create a Blank Virtual Machine

You can create a blank virtual machine, a virtual machine with no guest operating. Creating a blank virtual machine has a five phase dialog:

  1. Configuration
  2. Processor and Memory
  3. System Disk
  4. Device Tags
  5. Review and Save

Navigate

To create a blank virtual machine:

  1. Click Create Server.
  2. Select Blank Server.

You can also create a blank virtual machine from the context menu.

  1. Right-click the group in which to create the virtual machine.
  2. Click Create Server.
  3. Select Blank Server.

Configuration

Configure

A blank virtual machine has no operating system and therefore no administrator's password is required. The Enterprise Cloud must know the target operating system to create appropriate virtual drivers for the blank virtual machine.

    The Create Blank Server dialog appears for the Configuration phase.

  1. Select a Compute Pool.
  2. If the compute pool has more than one cluster generation, select a Cluster Generation.
  3. Note: Cluster Generation is only available in instance-based compute pool.

  4. If disaster recovery is enabled in the multi-tenant environment, select a Storage Volume.
  5. Note: Storage Volume field is only available for multi-tenant environments.

  6. Select an OS Family.
  7. Select an operating system Version.
  8. Type a Server Name.
  9. Note: Server Name cannot be that of another virtual machine; must begin with a letter; can contain only letters, numbers, or hyphens; and must not exceed fifteen characters.

  10. Type a Description, if desired.
  11. Note: Description must not exceed 100 characters.

  12. Select a Network.

Choose Location

You can select an existing row and group into which to place the newly created virtual machine.

  1. Select Place in Row of an existing row.
  2. Select Group of an existing group.

You can select an existing row and create a new group into which to place the newly created virtual machine.

  1. Select Place in Row of an existing row.
  2. Select Group of New Group.
  3. Type a New Group Name for the group to create.

You can create a new row and a new group into which to place the newly created virtual machine.

  1. Select Place in Row of New Row.
  2. Type a New Row Name for the row to create.
  3. Type a New Group Name for the group to create.

If the newly created virtual machine is placed in a new compute pool, no row or groups exist. Therefore, the only option is to name the new row and new group.

  1. Type a New Row Name for the row to create.
  2. Type a New Group Name for the group to create.

Select Template

Note:  Only if you have selected Windows in OS Family, the Select Template section will be available.

  1. Select the operating system Family/Category.
  2. Select the Operating System.
  3. Select from Available Templates.
  4. Select the Version.
  5. The Selected Details appears.

    Note: Instance-based virtual machine includes Server Cost Summary; scroll down in the selected details to view server cost summary.

Continue

After you enter all mandatory details in configuration phase, continue to the next phase.

  1. Click Next.

Processor and Memory

Reserved

    The Create Blank Server dialog appears for the Processor & Memory phase.

  1. Select the number of Processors.
  2. Type the amount of Memory.

Instance-Based

    The Create Blank Server dialog appears for the Processor & Memory phase.

  1. Select a Processor and Memory combination.
  2. The Server Cost Summary appears.

Continue

After selecting the processor and memory, continue to the next phase.

  1. Click Next.

System Disk

A blank virtual machine must have at least one disk. You can assign the system disk through two methods:

  • Create and add a blank disk.
  • Attach an existing detached disk from the compute pool in which the blank disk will be created.

Add Disk

You can create and add a blank disk for the blank virtual machine.

    The Create Blank Server dialog appears for the System Disk phase.

  1. Select the add method of Add Disk.
  2. Type the disk size.

Add Detached Disk

You can attach an existing detached disk to the blank virtual machine from the compute pool in which the blank disk will be created. A warning appears if the virtual disk's source virtual machine configuration differs from the target blank virtual machine. The source configuration difference can affect the ability of the target guest operating system to read the disk.

    The Create Blank Server dialog appears for the System Disk phase.

  1. Select the add method of Add Detached Disk.
  2. Select the detached disk.
  3. Warning icon appears if the disk's source virtual machine configuration differs from this blank virtual machine.

Continue

After you select the location, continue to the next phase.

  1. Click Next.

Device Tags

    The Create Blank Server dialog appears for the Device Tags phase.

  1. To add new tags, type one or more tag names; separating each tag with a comma under Assigned Tags.
  2. Note: Tags must be separated by commas and cannot exceed 50 characters each. Tags can contain spaces but not commas because commas are used as the delimiter in the list.

  3. To add an existing tag, click a tag under Available Tags.
  4. To remove a tag, delete the tag from Assigned Tags.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Note: Click the help icon for any help.

    Note: Instance-based virtual machine includes Server Cost Summary; scroll down in the server details to view server cost summary.

  7. Click Next.

Review and Save

    The Create Blank Server dialog appears for the Review and Save phase.

    The server details appear.

  1. Select AGREEMENT to licensing.
  2. Select AGREEMENT to licensing and fees.
  3. Click Deploy.
  4. Note: Instance-based virtual machine includes Server Cost Summary; scroll down in the server details to view server cost summary.

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