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Creating a Virtual Machine on VMware vSphere vCenter using a Golden Template

Updated: Aug 1

1. Purpose: The purpose of this Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is to provide step-by-step instructions for creating a virtual machine on VMware vSphere vCenter using a golden template.This process ensures consistency and efficiency when deploying new virtual machines.

2. Prerequisites:

  • Access to VMware vSphere vCenter with appropriate privileges.

  • A golden template that serves as the base configuration for the virtual machine.

3. Procedure:

Step 1: Log in to VMware vSphere vCenter

  • Launch the VMware vSphere Client or access the vSphere Web Client.

  • Enter your credentials to log in to the vCenter Server.

Step 2: Locate the Golden Template

  • Navigate to the "VMs and Templates" view in the vSphere Client.

  • Expand the folder structure to locate the golden template.

Step 3: Deploy the Virtual Machine

  • Right-click on the golden template and select "Deploy Virtual Machine"or "New VM" from This Template"

Step 4: Provide Virtual Machine Details

  • Enter a name for the new virtual machine.

  • Choose the inventory location where the virtual machine will reside.

  • Select the compute resource or cluster where the virtual machine will run.

  • Specify the storage location for the virtual machine files.

  • Select the appropriate network for the virtual machine's connectivity.

Step 5: Customize Virtual Machine Settings

  • Configure the virtual hardware settings (e.g., CPU, memory, disk size) based on your


  • Customize the virtual machine's network settings, such as IP address and DNS

configuration, if needed.

  • Adjust any additional settings according to your specific needs.

Step 6: Customize Guest Operating System

  • Specify any guest operating system customizations, such as hostname, domain, or

administrator password.

  • Optionally, provide any script or command to run during the guest OS customization


Step 7: Review and Confirm

  • Review the summary page to ensure all settings are accurate.

  • Confirm the deployment by clicking "Finish" or an equivalent button.

Step 8: Monitor the Virtual Machine Deployment

  • Monitor the progress of the virtual machine deployment in the vSphere Client.

  • Wait for the virtual machine to be successfully deployed and powered on.

Step 9: Verify Virtual Machine Functionality

  • Access the virtual machine using remote desktop or other applicable means.

  • Verify that the guest operating system is functioning correctly.

  • Test the network connectivity and any other specific functionalities.

4. Documentation:

  • Record the details of the newly created virtual machine, including its name, IP address, allocated resources, and any other relevant information.

  • Update any necessary documentation or asset management systems to reflect the new virtual machine.

Note: This SOP provides a general guideline for creating a virtual machine using a golden template. Depending on your organization's specific requirements and configurations, additional steps or customizations may be necessary.

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