5.5 Installing a VM

To install an existing VM definition:

  1. (Optional) In the VM Client, click the Virtual Machines view, right-click the VM that you want to install, then select Edit.

    If you have any changes for the VM, complete those by using the Next and Back buttons.

    For more information on editing the wizard pages, see Section 5.8, Editing VMs.

  2. To install the VM, do one of the following:

    • While you are in the Edit VM wizard, click Install.

    • In the Virtual Machines view, select the defined VM (it shows VM Defined Icon in the Status column), then click the Install Action Button button.

    • In the Virtual Machines view, right-click the defined VM (it shows VM Defined Icon in the Status column), then select Install.

  3. One of three possibilities exists for selecting the host on which to build the VM:

    • No valid host exists: If you do not yet have a valid host server to for installing the VM, the following dialog box is displayed:

      No Available Host Targets Dialog Box

      Review the issues, resolve them, then repeat from Step 2.

    • Only one valid host exists: It is automatically selected, so continue with Step 5.

    • Multiple valid hosts exist: The following dialog box is displayed if there are two or more target host candidates:

      Select Host Dialog Box

      Do one of the following:

      • Select the Auto-Select the Target Host check box.

        The Auto-Select the Target Host option allows the Orchestrate Server to automatically select a host server from those that are available by using a ranking criteria, such as architecture similarity and available CPU and RAM resources. For example, hosts are selected that meet the architecture requirements, the cost of moving information is then considered, and if there is still no clear winner, then the least loaded machine is selected. The ranking criteria can be affected by policies that you might have set in the Development Client.

      • Select the VM host where you want to install the VM.

      These options are mutually exclusive, meaning that selecting one disables the other.

  4. Click OK when you have selected a host server or selected the Auto-Select the Target Host check box.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • If the installation is proceeding from an installation source that requires user input, the VNC is automatically started. Log in with the VNC password to view and interact with the installation as it progresses on the VM’s console, then continue with Step 6.

    • If the installation is using YaST, the VM is automatically installed without user input. You can either manually use VNC (click View > Show Console) to view the installation’s progress, or you can continue with Step 6.

  6. You can view the installation progress in any of the following ways:

    • Observe messages at the bottom of the VM Client interface.

    • Click View > Show Progress View or double-click Show/Hide Progress View to open the Progress View window. In the Progress View you can mouse over the entry in the Status column, or right-click that entry and select Show Log, to view the log information for installing the VM.

    • Double-click the VM being installed, click the Event Log tab, then double-click the entry related to the installation process that has the In-Progress Icon icon next to it. The Event Log Details dialog box is displayed and is automatically updated as events occur.

    • View its progress in the Jobs tab of the Development Client.

  7. If you want to cancel the installation before it finished, do one of the following:

    • Select the VM being installed, then click Edit > Cancel Install.

    • Right-click the VM being installed, then select Cancel Install.

    The VM’s status is returned to being configured but not installed.