Deploy VMs in the VMM fabric from a blank virtual hard disk

Important

This version of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) has reached the end of support, we recommend you to upgrade to VMM 2019.

This article describes how to create and deploy virtual machines in the System Center - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) fabric from a virtual hard disk (VHD).

Before you start

  • To complete the steps you must be an Administrator or Delegated Administrator on the VMM server, or a self-service user.
  • If you're a self-service user you need Deploy permissions with the Store and re-deploy action assigned. You must first deploy the VM to a private cloud, and then store it in the library.
  • You can only customize static IP address settings if you create a VM from a VM template.
  • You can use VMM to configure the availability settings for the virtual machine. Learn more

Create a VM

  1. Click VMs and Services > Create Virtual Machine >Create Virtual Machine.

  2. In Create Virtual Machine Wizard > Select Source, click Create the new virtual machine with a blank virtual hard disk > Next.

  3. In Identity, specify the VM name and an optional description. In the Generation box, select Generation 1 or Generation 2. Then click Next.

  4. In Configure Hardware page, either select the profile that you want to use from the Hardware profile list, or configure the hardware settings manually. The hardware setting displayed will differ depending on whether you're deploying a generation 1 or generation 2 machine. Then click Next.

    • In Compatibility, if you want to deploy the virtual machine to a private cloud, select a capability profile that is available to the private cloud.

    • In Bus Configuration, if you want to install an operating system from a DVD or an .iso image, ensure there is a virtual DVD drive that is configured to use an available option such as the Existing ISO image file option. If you want to use an ISO image file, the file must be present in the VMM library.

    • If you want to store the virtual machine in the VMM library before you deploy it to a host, use of one of the blank virtual hard disks that are provided by default in the VMM library. Click the VHD in Bus Configuration. Click Use an existing virtual hard disk > Browse and select a blank hard disk

    • If the virtual machine is a generation 1 that boots from the network to install an operating system, in Network Adapters, use the legacy network adapter type.

  5. In Select Destination page, specify how the virtual machine should be deployed - in a private cloud, on a host, or stored in the library.

Deploy the VM in a private cloud

  1. In Select Cloud select the private cloud on which you want to place the virtual machine. If you are connected as an Administrator, you can select the host on which the virtual machine should be deployed in the private cloud. Cloud suggestions are based on a 0-5 star rating. Learn more. Verify the settings and modify if required:

    • Expected utilization: Expected utilization for a VM created from a blank VHD is based on standard defaults. VMM updates host suggestions and ratings in response to modifications made to the expected virtual machine utilization.
    • Make this VM highly available: With this option selected, only hosts that are located in a cluster are available for selection.
    • Details: Indicates the status of the host, the operating system, and the type and status of the virtualization software.
    • Rating Explanation: Provides an explanation if a host received a zero rating.
    • SAN Explanation or Deployment and Transfer Explanation: Lists any factors that make a storage area network (SAN) transfer unavailable. VMM does not recognize a virtual machine that is stored on a SAN as available for deployment by using SAN transfer if the virtual machine was stored directly in the library when it was created or was added to the library during a library refresh. To avoid this issue, deploy the virtual machine to a host by using a LAN transfer, and then store the virtual machine in the same VMM library, library share, and logical unit number (LUN).
    • The Deployment and Transfer Explanation tab provides an explanation if fast file copy cannot be used. Fast file copy is based on the Windows Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX). Learn more.
  2. In Configure Settings, review the VM settings. Either accept the default VM path on the host or specify a different location. you can optionally select to Add this path to the list of default virtual machine paths on the host. In Machine Resources accept the default values for the VHD, or modify as required. To prevent placement from choosing its own values, click the pin icon next to the setting. This option isn't available for self-service users.

  3. In Select Networks, if it appears, optionally select the network settings, and click Next.

  4. In Add Properties, configure the action to take when the host starts or stops, and the operating system that you will install on the VM. Then click Next.

  5. In Summary, confirm the settings, and click Create. Confirm that the VM was created in VMs and Services > Clouds, and select the cloud. The virtual machine appears in the VMs pane.

Deploy the VM on a host

  1. In Select Host, view the ratings, click the host on which you want to deploy the VM, and click Next. The host suggestions are based on a 0-5 star rating. Learn more. Verify the settings and modify if required:

    • Expected utilization: Expected utilization for a VM created from a blank VHD is based on standard defaults. VMM updates host suggestions and ratings in response to modifications made to the expected virtual machine utilization.
    • Make this VM highly available: With this option selected, only hosts that are located in a cluster are available for selection.
    • Details: Indicates the status of the host, the operating system, and the type and status of the virtualization software.
    • Rating Explanation: Provides an explanation if a host received a zero rating.
    • SAN Explanation or Deployment and Transfer Explanation: Lists any factors that make a storage area network (SAN) transfer unavailable. VMM does not recognize a virtual machine that is stored on a SAN as available for deployment by using SAN transfer if the virtual machine was stored directly in the library when it was created or was added to the library during a library refresh. To avoid this issue, deploy the virtual machine to a host by using a LAN transfer, and then store the virtual machine in the same VMM library, library share, and logical unit number (LUN).
    • The Deployment and Transfer Explanation tab provides an explanation if fast file copy cannot be used. Fast file copy is based on the Windows Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX). Learn more.
  2. In Configure Settings, review the VM settings. Either accept the default VM path on the host or specify a different location. you can optionally select to Add this path to the list of default virtual machine paths on the host. In Machine Resources accept the default values for the VHD, or modify as required. To prevent placement from choosing its own values, click the pin icon next to the setting. This option isn't available for self-service users.

  3. In Select Networks, if it appears, optionally select the network settings, and click Next.

  4. In Add Properties, configure the action to take when the host starts or stops, and the operating system that you will install on the VM. Then click Next.

  5. On the Summary page, confirm the settings, and then click Create.

Store the VM in the library

  1. In Select Library Server, click the library server that you want to use, and then click Next.
  2. In Select Path, specify the library share location to store the virtual machine. Click Browse to select a library share and an optional folder location, click OK, and then click Next.
  3. In Summary confirm the settings, and then click Create.
  4. To confirm that the virtual machine was created, in the Library workspace, in the Library pane, expand Library Servers, expand the library server where you stored the virtual machine, and then click Stored Virtual Machines and Services. The stored virtual machine appears in the Physical Library Objects pane.

Next steps

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.