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How to Deploy a Virtual Machine

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - App Controller, System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, System Center 2012 SP1 - App Controller

Deploy a Virtual Machine

This section explains how you can deploy virtual machines on System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), on Windows Azure, or at a hosting provider. Virtual machines that are a part of a VMM service are deployed during service deployment. For VMM, this section describes how virtual machines that are not a part of a VMM service are deployed.

To deploy a virtual machine on VMM

  1. On either the Virtual Machines page or the Services page, click Deploy in the taskbar.

  2. In the New Deployment diagram, click Configure to select a cloud.

  3. In the Select a cloud for this deployment dialog box, select a cloud and then click OK to return to the diagram.

  4. Select a virtual machine template by clicking Select a template.

  5. Select the appropriate virtual machine template and click Configure.

  6. Edit the properties of the virtual machine. All fields that are required are marked by an asterisk and must be completed. For System Center 2012 SP1 only: If you want the virtual machine to access a virtual network, ensure that the virtual network is already defined before deploying the virtual machine.

  7. Click OK, and then click Deploy.

    TipTip
    On the Clouds page, if you select a VMM management server from the list and click Deploy in the task bar, you can start from step 4 above.

To deploy a virtual machine on a hosting provider (for System Center 2012 SP1 only)

  1. On either the Virtual Machines page or the Services page, click Deploy in the taskbar.

  2. In the New Deployment diagram, click Configure to select a cloud.

  3. In the Select a cloud for this deployment dialog box, select a cloud and then click OK to return to the diagram.

  4. Select a virtual machine template by clicking Select a template.

  5. Select the appropriate virtual machine template and click Configure.

  6. Edit the properties of the virtual machine. All fields that are required are marked by an asterisk and must be completed.

  7. Click OK, and then click Deploy.

    TipTip
    On the Clouds page, if you select a hosting provider from the list and click Deploy in the task bar, you can start from step 4 above.

To deploy a virtual machine on Windows Azure (for System Center 2012 SP1 only)

  1. Do one of the following:

    • On the Virtual Machines page, click Deploy in the taskbar.

    • On the Services page, click Deploy in the taskbar.

    • On the Library page, select a virtual hard disk or an image, and then click Deploy in the taskbar.

      CautionCaution
      If the virtual machine is deployed from an image in a Windows Azure container, it must be deployed to a cloud service in the same Windows Azure location.

  2. In the New Deployment diagram, click Configure to select a cloud.

  3. In the Select a cloud for this deployment dialog box, select a cloud and then click OK to return to the diagram.

  4. In the New Deployment diagram, click Configure on the Public Cloud tile to select a cloud.

  5. After you have selected a cloud, click Configure on the Cloud Service tile to select or create a cloud service for the virtual machine.

  6. After you have selected a cloud service, click Configure on the Deployment tile.

  7. In the Properties of new deployment dialog box, do the following

    1. Specify a name for the deployment.

    2. Select a deployment option. When you are deploying a virtual machine, the only available option is Production.

    3. Select a virtual network to which the virtual machine is to connect. This step is optional.

  8. After you have selected a deployment option, click Configure on the Virtual Machine tile to select or create a virtual machine to deploy.

  9. For System Center 2012 SP1 only: Configure the following virtual machine settings:

    • If the virtual machine is to be part of an availability set, select or create an availability set to indicate that you want virtual machines to be kept separately for improved continuity of service.

    • Set the host caching option (read/write is recommended).

    • Specify the local administrator credentials and the credentials that allow the specified disk image to join a domain when it is deployed.

  10. If you are creating a virtual machine from an image, you must also specify the destination container for the image and the Administrator password for the virtual machine.

  11. After you have selected or created a virtual machine, click Deploy on the diagram page.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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