2.2. Creating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine

In your current configuration, you should have at least one host available for running virtual machines, and the required installation images in your ISO domain. This section guides you through the creation of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 virtual server. You will perform a normal attended installation using a virtual DVD.
You have now created your first Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine. Before you can use your virtual machine, install an operating system on it.

To create a Red Hat Enterprise Linux server

  1. Navigate to the Tree pane and click Expand All. Click the VMs icon in the Default cluster under the Default data center. On the Virtual Machines tab, click New VM.
    Create new Red Hat Enterprise Linux server

    Figure 2.1. Create new Red Hat Enterprise Linux server

    Fill in the Name field, set the Memory Size to 1 GB, and set the Operating System to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x. You may alter other settings but this example retains the defaults. Click OK to create the virtual machine.
  2. A New Virtual Machine - Guide Me window opens. This allows you to define networks for the virtual machine. Click Configure Network Interfaces.
    New Network Interface configurations

    Figure 2.2. New Network Interface configurations

    Retain all the default settings and click OK.

    Note

    Red Hat VirtIO is the default selection for Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machines. This para-virtualizes network traffic to the guest and improves performance.
  3. You are returned to the Guide Me window. This time, click Configure Virtual Disks to add storage to the virtual machine.
    New Virtual Disk configurations

    Figure 2.3. New Virtual Disk configurations

    In the Size (GB) field, enter 15. Retain all other default settings and click OK.
  4. Click Configure Later to close the Guide Me window. Your new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 virtual machine displays in the Virtual Machines tab.
You can now connect to your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 virtual machine and start using it.