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.

To verify the privileges assigned to your role, see the Required Privileges for Common Tasks topic in the vSphere Security documentation.

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.