You can create a single virtual machine if no other virtual machines in your environment have the requirements you are looking for, such as a particular operating system or hardware configuration. When you create a virtual machine without a template or clone, you can configure the virtual hardware, including processors, hard disks, and memory.

Before you begin

Verify that you have the following privileges:

  • Virtual machine > Inventory > Create new on the destination folder or datacenter.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Add new disk on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are adding a new disk.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Add existing disk on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are adding an existing disk.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Raw device on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are using a RDM or SCSI pass-through device.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Host USB device on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are attaching a virtual USB device backed by a host USB device.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Advanced on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are configuring advanced virtual machine settings.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Swapfile placement on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are configuring swapfile placement.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Disk change tracking on the destination folder or datacenter, if you are enabling change tracking on the virtual machine's disks.

  • Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool on the destination host, cluster, or resource pool.

  • Datastore > Allocate space on the destination datastore or datastore folder.

  • Network > Assign network on the network that the virtual machine will be assigned to.

About this task

During the creation process a default disk is configured for the virtual machine. You can remove this disk and add a new hard disk, select an existing disk, or add an RDM disk on the Customize hardware page of the wizard.