VMware ESX Create Virtual Machine
To create a new virtual machine Right-Click your host node IP address in the Inventory pane of the vSphere Client.
Select the “Custom” option in the configuration window.
Name the virtual machine and click “Next”.
Select the Storage location for virtual machine files and click “Next”.
The Virtual Machine Version menu will give you the option to use different cluster types. Since this is a new cluster and we do not need the support for older versions we will select Virtual Machine Version 8 since we are using vSphere instead of the Web Client to create it (in which case we would use version 11 instead).
Next select the Operating System type.
Next, Select the number of virtual processors (CPU page)and the amount of Memory you would like to create the virtual machine, you will be able to change these later if needed pending the resources are available. In the network section you will need to connect two NICs, with NIC 1 being the Private Network and NIC 2 is the Public Network. The Adapter type will be “Flexible”, also make sure the “Connect at Power On” check box is marked.
Leave the SCSI Controller screen to the default “LSI Logic Parallel”. On the Select a Disk screen select the “Create a new virtual disk” option. The Advanced Options Screen and the Ready to Complete screen should also be left Default.The creation of a new virtual machine is now complete. To begin loading your installation media click the server name in the inventory list. Then click the “Edit Virtual machine Settings” link under Basic Tasks.
With CD/DVD Drive 1 selected, check the Connect at power on checkbox under Device Status. In order to specify an ISO file located in your Datastore hit the Browse button.
The ISO files uploaded to the default Storage1 Datastore will be selectable here; you will also notice folders containing the configuration/log files (set up during Step 3 Datastore section of the Create a new Virtual Machine process) for all the server virtual machines.
After selecting your ISO image you are ready to begin the installation process of your respective OS.
For further networking instructions please see Virtual Machine Network setup.