To create the first node, you create and configure a virtual machine with two virtual network adapters and install a guest operating system on the virtual machine.

You configure the virtual network adapters to handle virtual machine traffic for the cluster: a private network connection for the private heartbeat and a public network connection.

1

Open the vSphere Client and connect to the ESXi host or a vCenter Server system.

Use the user name and password of the user who will have administrator permissions the virtual machine.

2

In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the host and select New Virtual Machine.

3

Proceed through the wizard to create the virtual machine.

Page

Action

Configuration

Select Typical.

Name and Location

Enter a name and select a location.

Datastore

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

Guest Operating System

Select the Windows Server operating system that you intend to install.

Network Connections

Select the number of NICs to connect (1), the adapter type, and the network label. The network label refers to the network to be used for virtual machine traffic for the cluster, public or private.

Create Disk

Enter the appropriate value in Virtual disk size. Select Thick Provision to create a disk in eagerzeroedthick format.

4

Click Finish to complete creating the virtual machine.

Note

Do not add shared cluster disks at this time.

5

In the vSphere Client inventory, select the newly created virtual machine and select Edit Settings.

The Virtual Machine Properties dialog box appears.

6

On the Hardware tab of the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box, click Add.

7

From the list of devices, select Ethernet Adapter and click Next.

8

Select the adapter type and network label.

If you selected a private network for the first network adapter, you must select a public network for this network adapter.

If you selected a public network for the first network adapter, you must select a private network adapter.

9

Click Next, and click Finish to complete creating the device.

10

Install a Windows Server operating system on the virtual machine.