Using Intelligent Infrastructure, how do I start an OS install on my virtual machine?

The following steps will get you started with your virtual machine (VM) to the point of installing the operating system. These instructions assume that you have already followed the steps outlined in Using Intelligent Infrastructure, how do I prepare for a new virtual machine?

Note: To install a fresh operating system on your VM, you can either boot from an ISO image from your desktop computer, or follow these steps to access a centrally stored ISO file.

  1. When your VM has been created, start the VI client software. When prompted for the login credentials, enter the server name and your IU Network ID credentials.
  2. From the Getting Started tab, under "Basic tasks", click the Edit Settings options. Then click the CD/DVD Drive.
  3. On the right, under "Device Type", select Datastore ISO File. Click Browse, and the "Browse Datastores" window will open. Choose the ISO images volume associated with the data center where your VM is hosted, and then click Open.

    Note: The ISO images volume you choose depends on where your VM is hosted. A VM hosted at ICTC will use the iso_images-IN volume, while a VM hosted at IUDC will use the iso_images-BL volume.

  4. Pick the folder containing the ISO image appropriate for the operating system you're installing (e.g., the Windows folder). Click Open.
  5. Choose an ISO image and click OK.
  6. In the upper right under "Device Status", select Connect at Power on.
  7. Check the settings of your network adapter, as many system administrators prefer to leave it disconnected until the operating system is installed and the local firewall is in place. To do this, under the "Hardware" section, click Network Adapter 1, and make sure Connect at Power On is not selected.
  8. Open a console window for your VM; you can do this in two ways:
    • Close the "Edit Settings" window, and click the Console tab from the main window for your VM.
    • Right-click the VM name and choose Open Console. This will open a separate window, which tends to give more flexibility in sizing the window.
  9. Change the boot order of the VM so that it points to the CD/DVD drive before searching the virtual hard drive. To do this, edit the BIOS of the VM:
    1. From the vSphere client, select your VM, and from the Summary tab or the VM menu, choose Edit Settings.
    2. On the Options tab, select Boot Options.
    3. Enable the Force BIOS Setup option.
    4. The next time you power on the VM, it will enter the BIOS setup screen. From there, you can change the BIOS boot order so the CD/DVD drive comes before the hard drive.

    You should now be at the point of installing the OS. If you need to free your mouse cursor to operate outside the console, press Ctrl-Alt.

  10. After you have finished installing your operating system, you should install the required VMware Tools package. VMware Tools provides drivers to enable your VM to perform as efficiently as possible. For details on how to install VMware Tools, see VMware's General VMwareTools installation instructions.

    On a Linux VM, mount the CD/DVD drive, install the RPM or tarball, and run /usr/bin/; then restart network services.

Note: Administrators of virtual machines are obligated to comply with the University Information Policy Office policy Security of Information Technology Resources (IT-12).

If you have questions, contact the SAV team.

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Last modified on 2015-09-30 00:00:00.

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