Creating a virtual machine is like building a computer, in which you determine things like disk size, and prepare it for receiving an operating system.

After you finish creating a virtual machine using this procedure, you must install a guest operating system, applications, and VMware Tools on it to perform work.

A datacenter in the vCenter Server inventory.

An ISO image and a license for the operating system to install on the virtual machine.


Click Hosts and Clusters on the vCenter Server Home page.


In the Inventory panel, select the host.


Click Create a new virtual machine on the Getting Started tab.


Select Typical and click Next.


Type a virtual machine name, select an inventory location, and click Next.


Select a datastore in which to store the virtual machine files and click Next.

The datastore must be large enough to hold the virtual machine and all of its virtual disk files.


Under Guest Operating System, select the operating system family (Microsoft Windows, Linux, or other) and select the version from the drop-down list.

This is the operating system for your virtual machine. Base your choice on your planned use of the virtual machine.


The wizard does not install the guest operating system. The New Virtual Machine wizard uses this information to select appropriate default values, such as the amount of memory needed.


Keep the default Network configuration and click next.


Specify the size of the virtual disk, select Thin Provision, and click Next.

Enter the disk size in megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). The virtual disk must be large enough to hold the guest operating system and all of the software that you intend to install, with room for data and growth.


On the Ready to Complete New Virtual Machine page, review your selections and click Finish to create the new virtual machine.

After you create the virtual machine, you next install a guest operating system and VMware Tools on it. You can find instructions for how to install a guest operating system and VMware Tools in the vSphere Tutorial accessible from the vSphere Client. Select the virtual machine and follow the links on the Getting Started tab to learn how to install an operating system.