Creating a Virtual Machine on Vsphere, How to install server on Vsphere 6.7

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Creating a virtual machine (server)

In this exercise, we will create a virtual server machine and install a VM (Virtual Operating System). Later, we will promote this server to be a Domain Controller.

Launching VMware

(by clicking on the MyLab….link). Enter username (“Root”) and password.  < (This information is for the members who has purchased jobskillshare vsphere access, this access is not included in any membership levels)
(VMware ESXi home page displays below)

From the left hand Navigator pane, select Virtual Machines.
(“New Virtual machine” screen displays)

Under “Select creation type”, click Create a new virtual machine.

Click Next.
(“Select a name and guest OS” screen displays).

Enter “DCxx” in the name field. “xx” = student initials.

Note: Typically, the Domain Controller would be named “DC” or “DC1”, “DC2”, etc. But, this present naming convention is used for our lab.

The names of the machines featured in this documentation varies, since screen caps were taken from different presentations.

Click the Guest OS family drop down and select “Windows”.

Click OS version drop down and selectWindows Server 2016, 64 bit”.

Click Next.
(“Select Storage” screen displays)

Select “datastore1”

Click Next.
(“Customize Settings” screen displays)

For CPU, select 2.
(The Maximum is 8..but we want to leave some resources for the host computers);

for Memory, enter 4096 mb;
for Hard Disk 1 (Disk size) enter 40 gb.

Click the arrow on Hard disk 1
(Sub-items display).

In Disk Provisioning area, select “Thin Provisioned”.

Scroll down to CD DVD Drive 1, click the drop down.
(menu displays)

Select Datastore ISO file.

Two ISO files display. Each ISO file is identified as either a SERVER or a CLIENT file along the bottom of the screen.

If we select the other ISO file, it is identified as CLIENT ISO, which will be used for our Windows 10 machine to be created later.

For our present purpose, we select the SERVER ISO (“DataStore ISO file”) in CD DVD Drive 1.

Click Next.
(“Ready to complete” screen displays).

Review the settings and click Finish.
(The Virtual server machine now displays in VMware).

Installing the Virtual Operating System

Now we need to unpack the ISO file.

In the Navigator pane, select DCxx (the server machine).

From the horizontal menu across the top of the screen, click Power On.

NOTE: if we were installing this server on a physical laptop, we would, for example, have the ISO file on a DVD diskette, and then we would run the file by powering on the laptop.
In that case, we would need to bring up the Boot screen by clicking on, e.g., F12, as the computer powers on. The keystroke that brings up the boot screen varies according to manufacturer. You would check the vendor’s website to confirm.

Click Console
(Drop down menu displays)

Click Open Browser Console.
(Black screen displays – “Press Any key…”)

Quickly double-click inside the black screen.
(The Windows Server 2019 installation process begins).

Click Next.
(“Install now” prompt displays)

Click Install Now.
(A Series of dialog boxes follows. Typically, on the job site, you would be given instructions about what settings should be selected. Here, we pick the settings appropriate to our lab environment).

(“Windows Setup” dialog box displays).

Click Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Evaluation (Desktop…).
(This is the GUI version of this OS).

Click Next.
(“Applicable notices and license terms” screen displays)

Click I Accept the license terms.

Click Next.
(Screen displays asking “What type of installation do you want?”, meaning is this a new install or an upgrade).

Click Custom (since this is a new installation).
(“Where do you want to install Windows?” prompt displays).

NOTE: We have already allocated 40gb to this server machine.

Click Next.
(Windows installation continues).

(“Customize settings” screen displays. By default, User name is set to “Administrator”.
Enter and re-enter a password.

NOTE: For class, use the same given password for everything, to make support easier. The given password displays in your JobSkillShare portal.

Click Finish.
(Installation of Network Operating System onto our virtual server machine is complete).

Next, we will create a client machine and add a Win 10 Operating System to it.

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