How to create a VM in VMware vCHS – vCloud Hybrid Service
I will now take you through the process of deploying a new VM from the global catalog in vCHS. This process is very much like it was in vCloud Director if you have done that before. But the new portal in vCHS makes the process a bit easier to understand for a common user.
The first step in the process is we must choose which Virtual Datacenter we want to deploy the VM into. The image below shows the options available, giving me the four available Datacenters that my account has access to.
Next up is to select which selection we want to deploy from the VMware Catalog. This is the global catalog that VMware publishes for vCHS users. This catalog will have a small number of operating system images that will be kept up to date with patches. To keep things simple lets choose a 32 Bit CentOS 6.4 VM to deploy.
Before we deploy the VM I wanted to take a look at the My Catalog tab on this screen. You can see from the image below this is my local catalog or an Organization catalog in VCD terms.
Back to the main catalog choice, from the image below you can see that I’ve selected my 32 Bit VM. The choice is shown in green and a press of the continue button will move the process along to the next step.
Now the options for inputting the name of this new VM are presented. Also listed are the default hardware resources allocated to the VM. If these are acceptable to your needs you can proceed. If they are not, you have the option to change them which will be shown in the next step.
If there is a need to customize the virtual hardware of the VM this can be done. Shown in the image below are the options that you are allowed to change during this process. You have change the big three options, CPU, Memory and disk space. Once you have your choices made a click of the big green deploy button will start the process.
It then returns to the list of Virtual Machines as shown below. We now see the new VM is being created. At the top of the screen we get a status update that shows the progress of the provisioning. The status messages will update until the process has completed and the VM is ready to use.
Once the VM has been created we can click on the name of the VM and we will be taken to the details view for the VM as shown below. From this view we have the choice to edit the virtual hardware if any changes are needed. As an example I have clicked on the memory section in the image below and was presented with the window to adjust the memory of the VM.
If you want to look at or change the network settings of the VM you can click on the Networks tab as shown in the image below. By default our new VM was not attached to any network, not sure what the reasoning for this. I would have thought that in the provisioning process VMware would have presented the option to select one of the available networks.
To assign a network to our fresh VM, I clicked the Add a Network button and was presented with the “Edit networks” popup window shown below. These are the available Org networks configured for this virtual datacenter. I will choose the internal one since this VM is just being created as an example.
After selecting the network to attach to the newly created VM we can see from the image below that the new configuration is shown. It now lists the network details and gives the option to edit if changes are needed.
Too wrap things up with this process if there is something that you want to change or tweak with your new VM and it cannot be done through the new vCHS portal. You have the option to launch the vCloud Director portal to further edit the settings of the VM. This may not be an option long term, but at this time its there as a secondary option.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design