How to Deploy a Virtual Machine

Use the following procedure to deploy a virtual machine that is stored in the library.


To successfully migrate a virtual machine that is in a saved state, or to deploy the virtual machine from a library server to a host, the processor architecture on the two hosts must be compatible. If the processor architectures are not compatible, the migration fails.

To deploy a virtual machine

  1. In the VMM Administrator Console, display Library view.

  2. In the navigation pane, navigate to the library server on which the virtual machine is stored, and then expand VMs and Templates.


    To display all stored virtual machines, in the navigation pane, expand Library Server. Then, under Filters, expand Type, and click Virtual Machine.

  3. In the results pane, select the virtual machine.

  4. In the Actions pane, under Virtual Machine, click Deploy.

  5. On the Select Virtual Machine Host wizard page, select a host to deploy the virtual machine on. In the list of hosts, all available hosts are given a rating of 0—5 stars based on their suitability to host the virtual machine. The ratings are recommendations. You can select any host that has the required disk space. For more information, see About Host Ratings.

    1. To get additional information about the host, select the host, and view the tabs in the details area.
      Details—Indicates the status of the host, the operating system, and the type and status of virtualization software. Lists the virtual machines on the host.
      Rating Explanation—If a host received a zero rating, lists the factors that resulted in a rating.
      SAN Explanation—Lists factors that make a SAN transfer unavailable.


      A virtual machine that is stored on a SAN is not recognized by VMM as being deployable by SAN transfer if the virtual machine was stored directly to the library when it was created, or the virtual machine was added to the library during a library refresh. To correct this situation, deploy the virtual machine to a host by using a local area network (LAN) transfer, and then store the virtual machine in the same VMM library, library share, and logical unit number (LUN).

    2. To change the host rating criteria for the current virtual machine, click Customize Ratings. You can change the placement goal as well as the relative importance placed on the availability of CPU, memory, disk I/O capacity, and network capacity for the current virtual machine. For more information, see How to Customize Host Ratings for a Virtual Machine.

  6. On the Select Path wizard page:

    1. In Save Path, click Browse, navigate to the folder in which you want to store the configuration files for the virtual machine, and then click OK.
    2. If you selected a path other than a default virtual machine path, and you would like to store other virtual machines on that path, select the Add this path to the list of host default paths check box to add the path to the default paths on the host. For information about configuring default virtual machine paths, see How to Set Placement Options for a Host.
    3. If SAN transfers are enabled for this deployment, the virtual machine by default is transferred to the host over the SAN. If you do not want to perform a SAN transfer, select the Transfer over the network even if a SAN transfer is available check box. If SAN transfers are not available for this deployment, the field is not available.
  7. On the Additional Properties wizard page, do the following:

    1. Optionally specify actions to be taken on the virtual machine when the Virtual Server service starts and stops. To enable a start action, you must specify the account that Virtual Server will run under. For account requirements, see "Run as" Account Requirements for Virtual Server. For a procedure, see How to Configure Virtual Server Actions for a Virtual Machine.
    2. If the hardware on the host computer supports hardware-assisted virtualization and you would like to use that feature with the new virtual machine, select the Use Hardware Assisted Virtualization check box.
  8. On the Summary wizard page, review your settings. To change settings, click Previous.

    To start the virtual machine after deploying it, select the Start the virtual machine immediately after deploying it to the host check box.


    Use the View Script button to display the Windows PowerShell - Virtual Machine Manager cmdlets that will perform the conversion. All administrative tasks in Virtual Machine Manager can be performed at the command line or scripted. For more information, see Using the Virtual Machine Manager Command Shell.

  9. To begin deploying the virtual machine, click Deploy.

    To review the progress and results of the operation, display the Jobs window. The window is opened by default when the wizard closes. To view this window at any time, click the My Jobs button on the taskbar in the console's main window.

See Also


About Host Ratings
Deploying Virtual Machines
How to Set Placement Defaults for Virtual Machines
Using the Virtual Machine Manager Command Shell