VIRTUAL LAB – PART 8 – Deploying a VM and testing vMotion

Now we have shared Storage attached to all our Hosts, we can upload an ISO and deploy a new VM. As I only have the one Datastore, I will create an ISO Folder on this.

Select the Datastore, Click New Folder and give it a name

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Now I need to upload the ISO file.  Double click the Folder you just created and select Upload a File to the Datastore

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Browse to the relevant ISO File and upload it – I am going to install a Lubuntu Virtual Machine as its pretty lightweight for testing in my Lab

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Now we can deploy the New VM – Select your Cluster, Right Click and choose New Virtual Machine > New Virtual Machine

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Now just work through the Wizard

Create New Virtual Machine – Give it a Name

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Select a Compute Resource and click Next

I will select the only Shared Storage Datastore I have

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I will leave the Compatibility at ESXi 6.5 and later

Select the Guest OS Family and Version

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Under Customize the VM Hardware – I am giving my VM the bare minimum resources; 512MB Memory, 1 Processor and 3GB of Storage

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Select the New CD/DVD Drive – Select Datastore ISO File – Then Browse to the ISO you just stored on the Datastore

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Ensure Connect.. Is selected

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Select Next and Finish

We now have our linux01 VM Ready to Power On

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Now to Power on the VM – Select the VM and press Power On

Place the VM on any Host for now – We will Test vMotion shortly

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Now the VM is up, I can see that it is running on esx02, so I will move it over to esx01 to test vMotions

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Select the VM, Right Click on it and select Migrate.

We are only interested in Change compute resource only > Next

On Select a compute resource > Select the Host you want the VM to Move to

Note: Always keep an eye on the Compatibility section to ensure all checks are succeeded

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We wont be changing the Networks as they are configured the same – Click Next

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Select the High Priority and click Next and Finish on the following screen

Keep track of the progress in the Recent Tasks window

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And once completed, you will see it is running on a different Host

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