Creating Virtual Machine is one of the primary task in building your Virtual Infrastructure. There are multiple ways to create virtual machine on the Hyper-V hosts. If you have fewer host and not having Virtual Machine Manager in your environment, You can create virtual machine directly on Windows Hyper-V 2016 . If you have multiple Hyper-v hosts in your environment, you can use Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager to centrally manage your virtual infrastructure. In this article, I will explain the detailed step by step procedure to create virtual machine in SCVMM. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) provides many methods for creating and configuring virtual machines, and several methods for creating standard configurations that you can use during virtual machine creation.
This article will explain the procedure create a virtual machine from a blank virtual hard disk in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). After you create the virtual machine, you can install an operating system from an .iso image, from a CD or DVD, or from a network boot if a Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) server is available.
Create Virtual Machine in SCVMM
Login to the System Center Virtual Manager administrator console. On the Home tab, click the Create Virtual Machine drop-down arrow, and then click Create Virtual Machine.
Select the option to create the new virtual machine with a blank virtual hard disk. If you have existing Virtual Machine, VM template o virtual hard disk, you can use the another option. Click on Next.
Specify the Virtual Machine name and We have two choice of generation to create virtual machine. Generation 1 and Generation 2.
Generation 1 virtual machine supports 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems and provides virtual hardware which has been available in all previous versions of Hyper-V.
Generation 2 Virtual machine provides support for newer virtualization features, has UEFI based firmware and required a supported 64-bit guest operating system.
Below are some of the advantages of using generation 2 virtual machines:
- Secure Boot – This is a feature that verifies the boot loader is signed by a trusted authority in the UEFI database to help prevent unauthorized firmware, operating systems, or UEFI drivers from running at boot time. Secure Boot is enabled by default for generation 2 virtual machines. If you need to run a guest operating system that’s not supported by Secure Boot, you can disable it after the virtual machine’s created.
- Larger boot volume – The maximum boot volume for generation 2 virtual machines is 64 TB. This is the maximum disk size supported by a .VHDX. For generation 1 virtual machines, the maximum boot volume is 2TB for a .VHDX and 2040GB for a .VHD.
Please take look at the Microsoft article to understand more about Generation 1 and Generation 2 Virtual machines. Click on Next.
On the Configure Hardware page, either select the profile that you want to use from the Hardware profile list, or configure the hardware settings manually, and then click Next.
Specify the number of Processors for the virtual machine. Select the Checkbox for the compatibility to allow migration to a virtual machine host with a different processor version. To improve the compatibility with different processor versions, VMM by default limits the processor features that a virtual machine can use.
Specify the static memory and dynamic memory based on requirement of the Guest operating system. I will explain in detailed about the difference between static and dynamic memory on the upcoming posts.
Specify the hard disk and Type of disk either Dynamic or Fixed.
Select the Network to connect to the Virtual machine network adapter. Click on Next.
Specify where to deploy or store the virtual machine. You can choose to place the virtual machine to private cloud or place the virtual machine on a Virtual Machine host such as Hyper-V or ESXi hosts. I am going to place the virtual machines in the Hyper-V host. Click on Next.
Select the Hyper-v host to place the virtual machine and click on Next.
Specify the storage location to create the virtual machine. click on Next.
Specify the Virtual switch to use for the virtual machine. As of now, I didn’t created any virtual Switch. I will explain that in the Upcoming posts. Click on Next.
Select the operating system from the drop-down that you will install in the virtual machine. Click on Next.
Review and confirm the virtual machine settings. Click on Create to start creating the virtual machines.
Virtual machine called “Demo VM” is created and start appearing on the virtual machine inventory on the SCVMM.
That’s it. We are done with the creating virtual machine on the SCVMM. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!. Be social and share it in social media, if you feel worth sharing it.