To create additional nodes in a cluster of virtual machines across physical hosts, you create a template of the first virtual machine and use it to deploy additional virtual machines onto another ESXi host.

About this task

Caution:

If you clone a virtual machine with an RDM setup, the cloning process converts the RDMs to virtual disks. Unmap all RDMs before cloning, and remap them after cloning is complete.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Web Client navigator, right-click the first virtual machine you created and select All vCenter Actions > Template > Clone to Template.
  2. Proceed through the wizard to create the virtual machine template.

    Page

    Action

    Name and folder

    Enter a name (for example, Node2_Template) and select a location.

    Compute Resource

    Select the host or cluster where you will run the virtual machine.

    Disk Format

    Select Same format as source.

    Storage

    Select a datastore as the location for the virtual machine configuration file and the .vmdk file.

    Ready to Complete

    Click Finish to create the virtual machine template.

  3. Right-click the virtual machine template and select Deploy VM from this Template.
  4. Proceed through the deployment wizard to deploy the virtual machine.

    Page

    Action

    Name and folder

    Enter a name (for example, Node2) and select a location.

    Compute resource

    Select the host or cluster where you will run the virtual machine.

    Disk Format

    Select Same format as source.

    Datastore

    Select a datastore as the location for the virtual machine configuration file and the .vmdk file.

    Clone options

    Select Customize the operating system.

  5. Select a new guest operating system from the list.
    1. Click the Create a new specification button to add a new guest operating system. Proceed through the New VM Guest Customization Spec wizard.
    2. Click Finish to exit the wizard.
  6. Click Finish to deploy the virtual machine.