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.


Open the vSphere Web Client and connect to the vCenter Server system.

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


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


Proceed through the wizard to create the virtual machine.



Creation type

Select Create a new virtual machine.

Name and folder

Enter a name and select a location.

Compute resource

Select a cluster, host, vApp or resource pool to run this virtual machine.


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


The host or cluster suports more than one VMware virtual machine version. Select a compatibility for the virtual machine.

Guest operating system

Select the guest operating system that you intend to install.

Customize hardware

Select virtual hardware, advanced virtual machine options, and SDRS rules.

Ready to Complete

Review your selections.


Click Finish to complete creating the virtual machine.


Do not add shared cluster disks at this time.


In the vSphere Web Client navigator, select the newly created virtual machine, right-click and select Edit Settings.


Click the New device drop-down menu, select Network, and click Add.


In the New Virtual Machine - Edit Settings dialog box, expand Network adapter. 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.


Click OK.


Install a Windows Server operating system on the virtual machine.