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New Virtual Machine Guidelines

New Virtual Machine Guidelines

When creating a new virtual machine, follow these general guidelines. Refer to the appropriate section below for any issues specific to the VMware platform.

  • The guest operating system type should be the same as the source operating system running on the source computer.

    The source machine operating system must be compatible with the virtualization platform on which the virtual machine will run. Refer to the following web site for a list of compatible operating systems:


  • Reconfigure as many virtual AMD PCNet NICs as the number of physical NICs on the source computer.
  • You may leave other configuration parameters (memory, floppy, and so forth) in their default settings. You can customize these later.

To add a cloned disk to a virtual machine:

  1. If the cloned disk is going to be used as the bootable system disk in a virtual machine, ensure that it has been reconfigured to do so.
  2. Run your selected VMware product: VMware ESX Server, VMware GSX Server, or VMware Workstation interface.
  3. Create a new virtual machine without a virtual disk.
  4. Attach the reconfigured cloned disk to the new virtual machine as the primary disk.

    Note: You must match the virtual disk format to the virtual machine platform. Use .vmdk disks for VMware GSX Server or VMware Workstation virtual machines, and .dsk disks for VMware ESX Server virtual machines.

  5. Boot the new virtual machine.

    If the disk contains a supported operating system and has been reconfigured, the machine boots from the new disk.

  6. Ensure the operating system is compatible with VMware Tools.

    If you are running Windows NT Server, you must be running Service Pack 6a or later. If you are running a lower Service Pack level, you must upgrade or the VMware Tools does not function.

  7. Perform the cleanup tasks on the virtual machine.

    Depending upon the resident operating system, make relevant device and network configuration changes. Refer to Configuring the Guest Operating System and Testing the New Virtual Machine for specific information.

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