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How to Create a New Virtual Machine from a Virtual Disk in Essentials

Updated: August 2, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

In System Center Essentials 2010, you can create new virtual machines from existing VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server virtual disks. Use the following procedure to import the virtual hard disks from your VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machines to create new virtual machines.

If you are creating a new virtual machine from a VMware virtual machine, remove VMware Tools from the VMware virtual machine before you begin.

To create a new virtual machine from a virtual disk

  1. In the Essentials console, click the Computers button, click Computer Groups, and then click All Windows Servers.

  2. In the Tasks pane, click Import Virtual Hard Disk.

  3. When the Select virtual hard disk page appears, you are prompted to create a new virtual machine from an existing virtual hard disk (.vhd) file or VMware (.vmx) file. Select Import a Microsoft virtual hard disk or Import a VMware virtual hard disk, click Browse to locate and add the file and related support files to the library folder (for example, files that contain VMware settings), and then click Refresh List to select the file. After you have selected the file to import, click Next.

  4. On the Specify Configuration page, review the hardware configuration properties for the virtual server. If you want to change the properties shown for the selected template, click the Change Properties button. Change the hardware configuration according to your requirements, and then click OK.

    Hardware Configuration Properties

    • Processor—select the number of processors for this virtual machine.

    • Memory—select the total memory in megabytes for this virtual machine.

    • Hard Disks—select the size in gigabytes of the hard disk for this virtual machine.

    • Network—select the network to which this virtual machine will be connected, if applicable.

  5. Click Next to continue creating the new virtual machine.

  6. When the Select a Host page appears, select a host from the list that has sufficient resources to host the virtual machine that you want to create, and then click Next.

  7. When the Virtual Machine Name page appears, type a name for the virtual machine, an optional description, and either accept or change the default path for the host folder for virtual machine files. Click Next to continue.

  8. On the Summary page, review the details for the virtual machine that will be created. Click Previous to go back and change properties, or click Create to continue creating the virtual machine.

A progress bar is displayed while Essentials creates the virtual machine. After the virtual machine has been created, Essentials automatically starts the virtual machine and connects you to it.

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