Deploying a Virtual Server

To deploy a virtual server, access your Cloud IaaS availability zone (see this article).

To create your new server, select vApps > Deploy New vApp from the left navigation menu.


vApp Template

Provide a name for your new vApp, for example 'Web Server', then select the vApp template you wish to use and click next. For more information about templates, see LINK

NB: vApp templates are split into availability zones - please choose the template that corresponds to your AZ. You can search for all templates in your AZ by entering the 3 letter short code (ADL/BNE/PER)


VS Resources

Click the name of the template to expand the options. Here you set the desired resources for your server. Set the label for your virtual server (within the vApp), assign the desired number of CPU cores and RAM, then select the data store for your VM. Default data store dictates the default location for your VM, including configuration files, and you can use the Data store for Hard disk 1 box to select the tier you wish to store the vm's root disk on (C: or sda).

Note that when selecting disk sizes, this can't be set below the recommended minimum by the software provider.

Select the network connection (if required) from the NIC 0 Connection field. Depending on your screen resolution, you may need to scroll down after clicking this box to see the list of options.


Guest Customisation

Guest customisation allows you to set several operating system parameters when the VM is deployed. To do so, click the name of the virtual server, then set the OS host name, ensure enabled is set to yes, select whether to automatically reboot to apply changes (generally yes), whether to allow the local admin account, and whether to use a generated or user-specified password.

Selecting Change SID will also allow the server to join a domain, if required.



To automate the installation of several applications, you can select from a list of recipes. At this stage, these only work on Linux based virtual servers.

To apply a recipe, drag it to the ‘assigned for provisioning’ section. To remove a recipe from the right pane, click the trash can.
As recipes are OS dependant, please ensure you select the correct recipe for your chosen operating system.



To review your configuration, click the vApp title to expand the details. At this point, we recommend disabling 'Disable guest customization after run', as this will allow you to quickly reset the administrator password, change networking parameters, etc. after the vApp is deployed. If you have left this enabled, you can disable it later through VM Settings (see LINK)


Once complete, click Deploy vApp. This will begin the process, first creating the vApp, deploying the virtual server, then running guest customisation and applying any recipes. Once all steps are complete, the vApp will be ready to use.

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