You can create a single virtual machine if no other virtual machines in your environment have the requirements you are looking for, such as a particular operating system or hardware configuration. When you create a virtual machine without a template or clone, you can configure the virtual hardware, including processors, hard disks, and memory.

During the creation process a default disk is configured for the virtual machine. You can remove this disk and add a new hard disk, select an existing disk, or add an RDM disk on the Customize hardware page of the wizard.

Verify that you have the following privileges:

Virtual machine.Inventory.Create new on the destination folder or datacenter.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Add new disk on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are adding a new disk.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Add existing disk on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are adding an existing disk.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Raw device on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are using a RDM or SCSI pass-through device.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Host USB device on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are attaching a virtual USB device backed by a host USB device.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Advanced on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are configuring advanced virtual machine settings.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Swapfile placement on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are configuring swapfile placement.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Disk change tracking on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are enabling change tracking on the virtual machine's disks.

Resource.Assign virtual machine to resource pool on the destination host, cluster, or resource pool.

Datastore.Allocate space on the destination datastore or datastore folder.

Network.Assign network on the network that the virtual machine will be assigned to.

To verify the privileges assigned to your role, see the Required Privileges for Common Tasks topic in the vSphere Security documentation.

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If you need a single virtual machine with a particular operating system and hardware configuration, you create a new virtual machine. You can open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine.

2

When you create a virtual machine, you provide a unique name for it. The unique name distinguishes it from existing virtual machines in the virtual machine folder or datacenter. The name can contain up to 80 characters. You can select a datacenter or folder location for the virtual machine, depending on your organizational needs.

3

When you deploy a virtual machine, you select the host, cluster, vApp, or resource pool for the virtual machine to run in. The virtual machine will have access to the resources of the selected object.

4

Select the datastore or datastore cluster in which to store the virtual machine configuration files and all of the virtual disks. Each datastore might have a different size, speed, availability, and other properties. The available datastores are accessible from the destination resource that you selected.

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You can accept the default ESXi host version for this virtual machine or select a different version, depending on the hosts in your environment.

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The guest operating system that you select affects the supported devices and number of virtual CPUs available for the virtual machine. The New Virtual Machine wizard does not install the guest operating system. The wizard uses this information to select appropriate default values, such as the amount of memory needed.

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Before you deploy a new virtual machine, you have the option to configure the virtual hardware. When you create a virtual machine, the virtual disk is selected by default. You can use the New device drop-down menu on the Customize Hardware page to add a new hard disk, select an existing disk, or add an RDM disk.

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Before you deploy the virtual machine, you can review the virtual machine settings.

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A virtual machine is not complete until you install the guest operating system and VMware Tools. Installing a guest operating system in your virtual machine is essentially the same as installing it in a physical computer.