Creating a new VM with EVO:RAIL


Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

Creating a new VM, easy right?  Except when you consider that via the vSphere client it is somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 mouse clicks.  Log into your EVO:RAIL UI or VMware Hands-On lab at http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1503

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Once logged in, familiarize your self with the UI.

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Now that you have the basics, its time to create a VM.

  • Click the Create VM button (1) and enter the VM name in the “Create VM called” text box.  Now click (2) the Upload Image button.  Alternatively you could use a previously uploaded ISO or mount a network share where these are located.

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  • The left side of the above menu will change, click the Choose File (3) button.  Double click (4,5) your ISO and click the Uplaod Image button (6).
  • Once the image uplaods, click (7) the guest OS pull down, select (8) the appropriate OS and click (9) the continue button.
  • Select your VM size (10) and click (11) the Select VM size button

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  • Click the check box (11) next to the network you wish to connect to and then click (12) the Select Networks button.  You can select multiple port groups here if you wish.
  • The EVO:RAIL ui allows you to select a security profile based on the vSphere 5.5 Security Hardening Guide (nice feature add!).  Select a policy and click (13) the Create and Start a new VM.

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  • You’ll be to monitor the progress of the new VM being created from the window you are currently in, or return to the dashboard and see that you have a new task running in the EVO:RAIL ui.

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or

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  • Once completed you will see a message that the new VM has been created and is powering on.  Click on the VMS button in the EVO:RAIL UI to see your VM.  You rename, clone, pause, power off and can even launch the VMRC right from the EVO:RAIL UI (Or EVO:X for EVO Experience – create name Matt Brender!)

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That’s it….13 clicks.  Can’t argue with the numbers; creating a VM in the EVO:RAIL really is simple!

Creating a new VM with EVO:RAIL