How to create a VM on a VMware ESX(i)/vSphere host

This is a very basic tutorial to create a simple virtual machine running on a VMware ESX(i)/vSphere host.

As prerequisites, you need an ESX(i) server and an installed vSphere Client. They must be of the same version (for example, vSphere Client 5.5 won’t work with ESXi 6).

In this post we’ll see how to create a virtual machine for a Windows Server 2012 operating system.

Launch the vSphere Client and specify IP and access credentials of the ESX(i) server:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Click Create a new virtual machine:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Select Typical:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Name the new virtual machine:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Select the resourse pool:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

You can select on which datastore you want to maintain the VM files:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Select the operating system that will be installed on the VM:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Leave the default configuration:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Check Thin Provisioning (the virtual disk files will occupy only the space needed for the data saved into the vdisk):

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Check Edit the virtual machine settings before completion and click Continue:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

Now you can customize the hardware specs of the virtual machine. Click Finish to create the VM:

How to create a VM on a ESX(i)/vSphere host

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