Start an OS install on a virtual machine using Intelligent Infrastructure

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 Prepare for a new virtual machine using Intelligent Infrastructure.

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, open a web browser to the vSphere Flash client. If prompted, log in with your IU username and passphrase.
  2. In the top navigation bar, click the Home icon, and then click VMs and Templates.
  3. In the search section, type the VM name and click the result of the search.
  4. Right-click the VM name and click the Edit Settings option. Expand the CD/DVD Drive section.
  5. From the pull-down options on the right, select Datastore ISO File. In the new window, choose the ISO images volume associated with the data center where your VM is hosted.
    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.
  6. Pick the folder containing the ISO image appropriate for the operating system you're installing (e.g., the Windows folder).
  7. Choose an ISO image and click OK.
  8. In the "Status" section, select Connect at Power on.
  9. 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, check next to Network Adapter 1, and make sure Connect at Power On is not selected.
  10. Open a console window for your VM; you can do this in two ways:
    • Close the "Edit Settings" window, and click the Launch Remote Console link under the icon of the VM. This will launch the VMware Remote Console (VMRC).
    • You can also right-click the VM name and choose Open Remote Console. This will also open the VMRC.
  11. 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, right-click the VM name, and click Edit Settings. In the resulting window, select VM Options. On the top part of the window, expand Boot Options.
    2. Enable the Force BIOS Setup option.
    3. 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.

  12. 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 How to install VMWare Tools.

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

Administrators of virtual machines are obligated to comply with Security of Information Technology Resources policy (IT-12).

If you have questions, contact the SAV team.

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Last modified on 2019-04-24 15:49:26.

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