Creating your first Virtual Machine
Virtual machines (VMs) have a guest operating system on which you can install and run any software supported by that operating system. With iiNet Business Cloud, you can install VMware Tools, insert DVDs and floppy disks, and remotely connect to virtual machines.
To create a VM you must first create a vApp. A vApp consists of one or more virtual machines that communicate over a network and use resources and services in a deployed environment. A vApp can contain multiple virtual machines.
You can create a new vApp based on a vApp template from iiNet’s own public catalogues or using catalogues you have created yourself within vCloud Director. Alternatively you can build a new vApp using VMs from vApp templates, new virtual machines, or a combination of both.
How to create a new vApp and VM from iiNet’s public catalogue
- Log in to VMware vCloud Director at your iiNet Business Cloud URL (this URL is emailed to you after you sign up).
- Click the Add vApp from Catalog button.
- Select Public catalogs from the drop-down menu.
- Select your desired vApp template and click Next. Templates are tailored for the operating system you wish to use on your VM.
- Give your vApp a name, select a runtime and storage lease and click Next.
- Give your virtual machine a name, select the network to which you want it to connect and your desired IP assignment mode (described below).
If you have purchased an IP address with your Cloud service and want your VM to have external connectivity you will need to select the External (NAT) network. If you do not want your VM to be associated with a network select None.
You will need to select an IP Assignment mode. These options are explained below:
• Static – IP Pool pulls IP addresses from your network’s IP pool.
• Static – Manual allows you to specify an IP address.
• DHCP pulls IP addresses from a DHCP server automatically and requires the least manual configuration.
Please note: After your VM has been created you will need to configure your Business Cloud network. Please note that your Cloud network configuration is your responsibility and will not be supported by our hosting support team. Click here for basic network configuration instructions.
- Configure the networking and click Next. These settings can be modified later.
- Review the specifications of your vApp and click Finish.
- vCloud Director will begin creating your vApp and VM immediately. This should only take a few moments.
- After your vApp/VM has been created it will display as “Stopped”. Click the green Start button to start your vApp and the VM(s) contained within it.
- Once started, your vApp will display as “Running”. Your VM(s) will be represented by a screen icon within its respective vApp group. VMs which are powered on will have a green light in the bottom right of their icon. Once running, you can connect to your VM by clicking on its icon (VMware Console plugin required).
How to obtain the administrator password for your Virtual Machine
- Click My Cloud.
- In the left pane, click VMs.
- Select your virtual machine, right-click, and select Properties.
- Click on the Guest OS Customization tab. The password is located within the Password Reset section.
The My Cloud section gives you a more detailed view of your vApps and VMs. Through here you can create additional VMs for an existing vApp, insert CDs/DVDs into VMs, plus access a whole range of advanced options for your Business Cloud service.
Simply right-click on a VM to insert a CD/DVD/Floppy or modify the Properties of that VM.
If you require assistance using vCloud Director you can click Help at the top right of the vCloud Director page to access the User Help section or contact iiNet Hosting on 1300 378 638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.