To create additional nodes in a cluster of virtual machines across physical hosts, you create a template of the first virtual machine and use it to deploy additional virtual machines onto another ESXi host.

Caution

If you clone a virtual machine with an RDM setup, the cloning process converts the RDMs to virtual disks. Unmap all RDMs before cloning, and remap them after cloning is complete.

1

In the vSphere Web Client navigator, right-click the first virtual machine you created and select All vCenter Actions > Template > Clone to Template.

2

Proceed through the wizard to create the virtual machine template.

Page

Action

Name and folder

Enter a name (for example, Node2_Template) and select a location.

Compute Resource

Select the host or cluster where you will run the virtual machine.

Disk Format

Select Same format as source.

Storage

Select a datastore as the location for the virtual machine configuration file and the .vmdk file.

Ready to Complete

Click Finish to create the virtual machine template.

3

Right-click the virtual machine template and select Deploy VM from this Template.

4

Proceed through the deployment wizard to deploy the virtual machine.

Page

Action

Name and folder

Enter a name (for example, Node2) and select a location.

Compute resource

Select the host or cluster where you will run the virtual machine.

Disk Format

Select Same format as source.

Datastore

Select a datastore as the location for the virtual machine configuration file and the .vmdk file.

Clone options

Select Customize the operating system.

5

Select a new guest operating system from the list.

a

Click the Create a new specification button to add a new guest operating system. Proceed through the New VM Guest Customization Spec wizard.

b

Click Finish to exit the wizard.

6

Click Finish to deploy the virtual machine.