You create a virtual machine by deploying a template. You can deploy any of the templates that you have in vCloud Air, including operating system templates provided by VMware and custom templates that you have added.

You can connect the virtual machine to one or more networks while creating it. When you connect it to a network, the virtual machine is assigned an IP address from the network's predefined private IP address pool. To get connectivity to the Internet and to use networking services such as NAT or firewall, connect the virtual machine to a gateway network.

Guest customization is enabled for the virtual machine. VMware Tools is also installed by default in the virtual machine.

Note

In the vCloud Air plug-in, you cannot create virtual machines without using a template. To create a virtual machine from scratch, use the vCloud Director user interface.

You have a virtual data center in which to create the virtual machine. Virtual Private Cloud instances have a virtual data center by default. In Dedicated Cloud instances, you must create virtual data centers. See Create a New Virtual Data Center for information.

1

Display the virtual data center.

a

In the navigation pane on the left, navigate to vCloud Air Services.

b

Click Cloud Instances and select the cloud instance that contains the virtual data center.

c

In the Related Objects tab, click the Virtual Data Centers tab.

d

Double-click the virtual data center.

2

In the Summary tab, select Create new virtual machine from template from the Actions menu.

3

Type a name for the virtual machine.

4

Confirm that you want to create the virtual machine in the selected virtual data center, or select a different one, and click Next.

You can view the resources available in each virtual data center.

5

Select the template from which to deploy the virtual machine.

All templates available to you in vCloud Air, including OS templates provided by VMware and any custom templates you have added, are listed. You can see the specifications of each template.

6

Click Next.

7

(Optional) Customize the resources for the virtual machine. number of vCPUs, the amount of memory, and the amount of storage for the virtual machine, and click Next.

You can change the vCPU, memory, and storage settings specified by the template. For storage, you have the following options.

Select the storage tier for each hard disk. All storage tiers allocated to the virtual data center are listed. To assign more than one storage tier to a virtual machine, add a hard disk for each storage tier you want to use. For more information about storage tiers, see Manage Storage for Virtual Machines.

Adjust the amount of storage for each hard disk. Note that the primary disk must meet the minimum storage requirement specified by the template.

Add hard disks.

8

Select the network to which to connect the virtual machine, and click Next.

All networks in the virtual data center, isolated networks and gateway networks, are listed. To get connectivity to the Internet and to use networking services such as NAT, firewall, or load balancing, connect the virtual machine to a gateway network.

You can connect a virtual machine to more than one network.

If you do not select a network, you can assign one later.

9

In the Ready to complete page, review your selections and click Finish.

The virtual machine is created and appears in the Virtual Machines tab in the Related Objects tab. To view or edit the new virtual machine's settings, double-click it.