The following wizard pages are common to all wizards for
creating virtual machines. The wizards vary with the virtual
machine source: virtual hard disk, virtual machine template,
existing virtual machine, physical computer, or existing virtual
machine from a different virtualization platform. For requirements
and instructions for each source, see Creating New Virtual
- Select the Use an existing template, virtual machine, or
virtual hard disk option, and then click Browse.
- In the Select Virtual Machine Source dialog box, select
the virtual hard disk that you want to use.
Virtual Machine Identity
Configure the following options:
- Virtual machine name (required). Type
a unique name for the virtual machine.
- Owner (required). The owner must have
an Active Directory domain account.
- Description (optional). Type a
description for the new virtual machine.
To configure additional hardware for the virtual machine, use
the following procedures:
- Startup Order—Select
the order of devices to start the operating system.
Requirements—Specify the processor requirements of a virtual
machine on a new host.
- Memory—Specify the
amount of memory to allocate on a host for a new virtual
Drive—Configure the virtual floppy drive to read a physical
floppy disk on the host or to read a virtual floppy disk file
stored in the library.
- DVD or CD Drive—Add
a virtual DVD or CD drive to an IDE bus.
- Virtual Hard
Disk—Add a virtual hard disk to an IDE device or a SCSI
Adapters—Configure one or more virtual network adapters for a
- Priority and
Availability—Configure how CPU resources are allocated and
whether virtual machines are highly available.
Choose between two options:
- Place the virtual machine on a host.
The wizard will continue through all of the remaining wizard
- Store the virtual machine in the
library. The wizard will continue with the Select Path
(Host placement only)
Select a host to deploy the virtual machine on.
All hosts that are available for placement are given a rating of
0-5 stars based on their suitability to host the virtual
machine. The host ratings are based on the virtual machine's
hardware and resource requirements and anticipated resource usage.
They are also based on placement settings that you can customize
for VMM or for individual virtual machine deployments. The ratings
are recommendations. You can select any host that has the required
disk space and memory available.
- To see the placement settings that were used to rate the hosts,
and optionally change those settings, click Customize
Ratings to open the Customize Ratings dialog box.
You can choose between two placement goals--either resource
maximization on individual hosts or load balancing among hosts--and
set the relative importance of the availability of CPU, memory,
disk I/O capacity, and network capacity for the virtual machine.
For more information, see "How Virtual Machine Manager Rates Hosts"
If you change settings, the host ratings will be repeated to apply
the new settings. When you finish reviewing settings, close the
- To view additional information about a host rating, select the
host in the list. The tabs in the details pane beneath the list
provide the following information:
- Details -- Displays the status of the
host and lists the virtual machines that are currently deployed on
- Ratings Explanation -- If a host
receives a zero rating, this tab lists the conditions that caused
- SAN Explanation -- If a SAN transfer
cannot be used to move the virtual machine's files to the host,
this tab lists the conditions that prevent a SAN transfer.
If a host has network optimization enabled, a green arrow
appears in the Network Optimization column.
VMM 2008 R2 allows you to take advantage of network
optimization capabilities that are available on Hyper-V hosts that
are running Windows Server 2008 R2. For information about
network optimization and the hardware that supports it, see the
Windows Server 2008 R2 documentation. After a virtual
machine is deployed, this feature is displayed only for virtual
machines that are deployed on a host that is running Windows
Server 2008 R2.
Select the path to the folder that will store the configuration
files for the virtual machine:
- If you chose Place the virtual machine on
a host, specify the path on the host to which to save files
associated with this virtual machine.
|If you would like to store other virtual machines on this path,
select the Add this path to the list of host default paths
check box to add the path to the list of default paths during
virtual machine creation.
- If you chose Store the virtual machine in
the library, specify the library server that will store the
virtual machine, and then select the path on the available library
shares to store the virtual machine's configuration files. The
wizard will continue with the Summary page.
Modify the networks and attach them to None or to any of
the virtual networks that are found on the selected host.
|Networks area lists each virtual network adapter that is
attached to the virtual machine. Each network adapter defaults to
None if you selected None in the hardware
configuration or to the best matching virtual network according to
the network matching rules.
(Host placement only)
To enable optional actions when the Virtual Server service
starts and stops, you must specify the account that Virtual Server
will run under.
If the hardware supports hardware-assisted virtualization, and
you would like to use that feature with the new virtual machine,
select the Use Hardware Assisted Virtualization check
Review the configuration settings. To change settings, click
Previous. To begin creating the virtual machine, click
|Use the View Script button to display the Windows
PowerShell - Virtual Machine Manager cmdlets that will perform the
operation. All administrative tasks in Virtual Machine Manager can
be performed at the command line or scripted.
For the most up-to-date Help information, go to the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Help Online
. To find
additional Virtual Machine Manager 2008 documentation, go to the
Virtual Machine Manager 2008 TechCenter Library