vCAC 5.2 series – Provision VM on vSphere


Guide how to deploy windows VM on vCenter server compute resources.

Step #1 – Create enterprise group and add compute resources to it

Add vCenter resource to vCloud automation Center

Step #2 – A machine prefix for generating virtual machine names
  • Log into vCAC as a Enterprise Administrator
  • go to Enterprise Administrator –> Machine Prefixes –> New Machine prefix
Step #3 – Create provisioning group and add users to it
  • Log into vCAC as a Enterprise Administrator
  • Go to Enterprise Administrator –> Provisioning Groups –> New Provisioning Group
  • Provide:
    • Name
    • Group manager email
    • machine prefix
    • Active directory container – if you plan to provision windows VM, otherwise type N/A
    • assign users to roles
Step #4 – Create network profile – optional  when in the network there is no DHCP services
  • Log into vCAC as a Enterprise Administrator
  • Go to Enterprise Administrator –> Network Profiles –> new network profile
  • Edit network profile and assign IP ranges
network profile

network profile

Step #5 – create reservation
  • Log into vCAC as a Enterprise Administrator
  • go to Enterprise Administrator –> Reservation –> New Reservation –> virtual –> vSphere
  • Reservation Information:
    • Choose compute resources
    • Reservation name
    • Provisioning group
    • machine quota
    • Priority
  • In Resource tab:
    • set memory reservation
    • choose storage and create reservation
    • assign network
  • Alerts Tab
    • enable and set up alerts – Optional


    resource reservation

    resource reservation

  • assign network profile to reservation
assign network profile

assign network profile

Step #6 – prepare virtual machine template for provisioning
  • enable WMI on reference machine (template)
  • test remote WMI access
  • create customization profile
  • create template
Step  #7 – A cloning blueprint for the provisioning group and in it select the template and customization specification you created in vCenter Server
  • Log into vCAC as a Enterprise Administrator
  • go to Enterprise Administrator –> Global Blueprints –> New Blueprint –> virtual –> vSphere
  • Blueprint information tab:
    • name
    • assign groups
    • prefix
    • set Approval policy
    • enable blueprint
    • Max # per user
blueprint information

blueprint information

  • build information tab
    • Blueprint type – Server
    • Action – clone
    • choose template
    • provisioning workflow – Cloneworkflow
    • clone from – choose tempalte
    • provide customization specs
    • define machine resources
  • Security and properties leave unchanged
machine resources

machine resources

In properties tab you can either assign build profiles or add custom properties. On example below I added custom property called VirtualMachine.NetworkN.ProfileName  where N is a network adapter number. As my template has only one network adapter

custom properties

custom properties

Basically now everything is ready for provision VM using vCloud Automation Center

  • Go to Cloud Sefl provisioning portal https://<selfservice-portal-fqdn>/vCACSelfService –> New request
  • choose blueprint –> provide required information and submit request
request VM

request VM

You can monitor at your request on portal page.

monitor request

monitor request

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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