Using Intelligent Infrastructure, how do I prepare for a new virtual machine?

Before you submit a request for a new virtual machine (VM):

  1. Contact DNS administrators to obtain an IP address for your VM; see At IU, how do I request a static IP address?
    For regional campuses, contact the campus (IUB or IUPUI) on which your VM is located.

    If you or your department want to create only a few VMs, ask for an IP address on one of the following VLANs:

    Campus VLAN
    Your specified departmental or group VLAN
    Columbus 550
    East 551
    Your specified departmental or group VLAN
    Kokomo 552
    Northwest 553
    South Bend 554
    Southeast 555

    Any Bloomington or Indianapolis department or group, or regional campus department or group with multiple VMs, will need to request an IP address on its own VLAN. If your department or group does not have a dedicated VLAN, you can request one from the Campus Network Engineering group.

  2. To provide necessary access to your VM, establish appropriate firewall policies with campus networks. By default, all new VM IP requests are placed behind the university firewall, which is set up to block all incoming traffic and allow outbound traffic. Submit requests to change firewall policies via the Campus Networks Firewall Manager.

    For more, see Using the Campus Network Portal (CNP).

  3. On the workstation or server from which you will manage your VM, download and install the VMware vSphere Remote Console from IUware (under Utilities). The VMware vSphere Remote Console serves the same function as the physical console of a physical server. Access to your VM is via the vSphere Client, an HTML5 client that provides management access to your VM, including access to the VM console keyboard, video, mouse, and power controls.
  4. To submit your request for a new VM, go to IU Intelligent Infrastructure. Click the II-Enterprise virtual system button.
    For disaster recovery purposes, the Storage and Virtualization (SAV) team will take a snapshot of the primary OS disk of any VM that is 60 GB in size or less. Additional storage allocated to the VM will not be covered by the disaster relief snapshots. Additional data protection is available for clients that subscribe to IU's Commvault All Disk backups.
  5. Once you receive notification that the SAV team created your new VM, you can install your OS. For more, see Using Intelligent Infrastructure, how do I start an OS install on my virtual machine?

    Before you install the guest operating system on your VM, the SAV team recommends reviewing the Guest Operating System Installation Guide.

    To see your VMs in the vSphere client, you need to switch to the "VMs and Templates" view. To do so, in the top navigation bar, click Menu, and then click VMs and Templates.

    The account you use to log into vSphere needs to be a member of the ADS security group that you specified on the VM request form. Any account that is a member of your security group is granted access to manage the VM. You can add and remove members from your security group at any time to control access.

If you have questions, contact Storage and Virtualization.

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