To create the second node in a cluster of virtual machines across physical hosts, you create a template of the first virtual machine and use it to deploy a second virtual machine onto a second 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 Client inventory, right-click the first virtual machine you created and select Template > Clone to Template.

2

Proceed through the wizard to create the virtual machine template.

Page

Action

Name and Location

Enter a name and select a location.

Host or Cluster

Select the second host for the cluster setup.

Resource Partition

Select the resource pool for the virtual machine, or select the host if no resource pools exist.

Datastore

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

Ready to Complete

Click OK to create the virtual machine template.

3

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

4

Proceed through the deployment wizard to deploy the virtual machine.

Page

Action

Name and Location

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

Host / Cluster

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

Datastore

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

Disk Format

Select Same format as source.

Customization

Select Customize using the Customization Wizard.

5

Proceed through the guest operating system Customization Wizard.

a

On the Operating Systems Options page, select Generate New Security ID (SID) to generate a new security identity.

b

Click Finish to exit the Customization Wizard.

6

Click Finish to deploy the virtual machine.