Create a template from the first virtual machine and deploy the second node from that template. You can have up to five nodes on Windows Server 2008 or later.

Note: For a clean template, use Windows Sysprep.
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 Client, right-click the first virtual machine you created and select Clone > 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.