Creating a New Virtual Machine
Before You Begin
To install a Redhat Enterprise Linux 5.4 server on the virtual machine, make sure that you have the ISO image of the operating system accessible from the PC (DVD/CD). The ISO image is mapped as a virtual boot drive so when you start the VM, the installation initiates from the mapped ISO image.
To create the new virtual machine, follow these steps:
Step 1 After launching the VMware vSphere Client and connecting to your ESXi server click on the File menu and select New Virtual Machine.
Step2:The Create New Virtual Machine window appears.
Step3:Select Custom option to create virtual machine with additions options and devices.Enter the host name for the virtual machine in the Name field.
VM names are user defined and can contain up to 80 characters; and they must be unique within each VMware vCenter Server VM folder.
Step4:Highlight to select the datastore in which to store the VM files.
. The Guest Operating System window appears.
in the guest operating system field and select Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit)
as the version from the Version drop-down menu, as shown in below figure.
Step 7 Click Next. Select the number of virtual processors in the Virtual Machine.
Step 8 Click Next. Configure the Virtual Machine Memory size.In my case I am allocating 1GB memory.
Step 9:Click Next. Configure the Virtual Machine Network Connections.
Step 10:Click Next.Select which SCSI Controller to use for this Virtual Machine.
Step 11:Click Next. The Create a Disk window appears, as shown in below figure.
Step 12:Click Next. The Ready to Complete window appears. Review your new VM configuration.
Step13:Select the Edit the virtual machine settings before completion radio button and then click finish. The Virtual Machine Properties page appears for your newly created VM with the Hardware tab selected by default, as shown below.
Step 15 Click OK to complete the new VM configuration.
Step 16 Right Click on the Virtual machine and click on PowerOn.
Step 17 Go to the console tab in the Vsphere client to start guest installation.
Step 18 Press Enter To start installation.You will see the following screen and select skip to avoid testing the CD media.
Congratulations, you now have an RHEL5 server up and running!