Create and Manage a VM - Managed VMware

The screens you can view in CloudCreator will vary, depending on your assigned role. See Roles and Permissions for more information.


Create a VMware Virtual Machine

VMware gives you the option of creating a virtual machine with, or without a template. Follow the steps below.


1.  From the sidebar, select Create > Virtual Machines



2. The Create Managed VMware Virtual Machine screen appears. This screen will expand with additional options, as you complete the fields. A guide to completing each field appears below



3. Use this table as a guide to completing the fields in the Create Managed VMware Virtual Machine screen. 



What to Enter

VM Name

Enter a name for your VM.


Select the region (datacentre) in which the VM will be provisioned.

Use Dedicated Resources

This option will only appear if you select a datacentre that is not a dedicated resource. Select either Yes or No



  • Moving off dedicated equipment can expose you to additional licensing or resource costs.
  • If you select Yes, your VM may still be deployed to a shared environment if there is insufficient resource available in your dedicated environment. 


Select the required service from the dropdown menu, eg. VMware 80%.

Use Template

If you select:

  • Yes, then select a Template from the dropdown menu, eg. Windows Server 2008.
  • No, then select an Operating System from the dropdown menu.  

Drag the slider to select the amount of memory to be assigned to the VM.


The virtual CPU entitlement is half of the Memory value (in vGB) rounded up. For example, if the vGB is 5, then the Virtual CPU is a maximum of 3 (2.5 rounded up). 

Virtual CPU

Drag the Virtual CPU slider to select the CPU size to be assigned to the VM.



  • The Virtual CPU value is calculated as: Number of sockets x Cores Per Sockets = Virtual CPUs. 
  • Changes to the number of Cores per Socket of the VM (either increase or decrease) can only be performed while the VM is powered off. 
  • Your possible CPU values are limited to multiples of the current 'Cores per Socket' quantity. For example, if the vCPU is 12, the Cores per socket field can be any of the following numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12).  
  • Changing the Virtual CPU value will automatically recalculate the valid values for the Cores per Socket field.
Cores per Sockets

Configure the Cores per Socket field with an amount that is a factor of the total number of vCPUs.



  • If vCPU is in multiples of Cores per Socket, this field is not reset. Instead, the Number of sockets field is recalculated as per the calculation above. 
  • If vCPU is not in multiples of Cores per Socket, the Cores per Socket is reset to 1, and the Number of sockets field equals the number of vCPUs as per the calculation above.
Number of Sockets

This is a display only field that will be populated based on the number of Cores per Sockets and Virtual CPUs as described above. 


If you are creating the VM with a template:

  • Select a Network and the Type. DHCP is the default. 
  • Click the  button to add additional networks.


If you are creating the VM without a template:

  • Select a Network from the dropdown menu. , then the VM must have at least 1 NIC. The Type can only be DHCP. 
  • Click the  button to add additional networks.

The VM must have at least one disk - correct. Select a Tier and the Size GB.  

Click the  button to add additional disks.


Note: The storage capacity limit is 4096 GB. To increase the storage capacity above this limit please raise a Service Request. 


If you are creating a VM with a template you must enter and confirm the VM password.


The password must be at least 8 characters in length and contain characters from at least 3 of the following 4 categories:

  • English uppercase characters (A through Z).
  • English lowercase characters (a through z).
  • Base 10 digits (0 through 9).
  • Non-alphabetic characters (for example: !, $, #).
Notes Optional.
Notify Completion

Optional. Select the method/s to receive notification of the VM deployment. To update your email address, see My Profile

Price per month (estimated)

The cost displayed is based on the configuration options you have selected. This is an estimate based on a full month's usage. The actual cost may vary, depending on the configuration and usage. 


4. Once you have configured the VM, select either:

  • Create, or
  • Seek Approval. This option will only appear if your DFA level is insufficient to authorise the cost of the VM. For more information, see Delegated Financial Authority.


5. Once you VM is created, you can:


Note: Your VM will display a status of Provisioning for a short period of time (approximately 10-15 minutes). You will not be able to modify the VM until after this has completed.

Microsoft Windows Activation

When creating a VM with Microsoft Windows, you need to provide internet access to the VM, or manually perform the activation.


Microsoft Windows can only auto-activate if the VM is established with internet connectivity. Without auto-activation, Windows will only operate for 90 days before stopping. 

If the VM is created with connection to a dummy VLAN which does not has internet connectivity, the activation needs to be performed manually. This can be done by anyone, and requires a call to the Microsoft Call Centre. It should take take about 10-15 minutes.



Follow these steps to manually activate Microsoft Windows.


1. Select the VM you need to activate. Use CMD (with administrator access) and from the command prompt run - “slui 4”


2. The activation wizard will launch. Select New Zealand and click Next.


3. The Installation ID screen appears. Call the Activation Centre on the toll free phone number and follow the automated instructions.



4. When you are given the Confirmation ID, click Enter confirmation ID and enter this in the next screen.


5. Microsoft Windows will now be activated.

Manage a VMware Virtual Machine

To find out how to access the Power Controls for your VM, see Manage a Compute Resource 


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