Before you get started, a couple of notes. First, I’ve added a Hyper-V host to my VMM environment and will deploy the new virtual machine to this host. Second, I’ve added a Windows 7 ISO to my VMM library that I will use to install the Windows 7 operating system.

The process is initiated by going to the VMs and Services home tab and choosing the Create Virtual Machine menu and, from this menu, choosing the Create Virtual Machine option. This initiates a wizard that walks you through the virtual machine creation process.

create

With VMM, you can create a new virtual machine using an existing virtual hard disk or you can create a machine with a blank virtual hard disk. For my needs, I’m creating a VM with a blank virtual hard disk,

vhd

Every virtual machine needs an identity of some kind. I’m naming my virtual machine Windows 7 – client 1 as you can see in the figure below.

identity

VMM 2012 uses capability profiles to determine virtual machine limits. When you specify the capability profile that should be used with a virtual machine, VMM knows how much maximum RAM, disk and other resources can be assigned to the virtual machine.

capability

For my virtual machine, I’ve connected the network to the Local Area Connection.

adapter

I previously added a Windows 7 ISO image to the VMM 2012 library, so I’m pointing the virtual machine’s virtual DVD drive at this shared ISO image. The library makes it really easy to keep track of resources that you need to use on a regular basis.

dvd-iso

Next up, you need to tell VMM where you’d like to deploy the new virtual machine – directly to a host or to the library. I need the VM in production, so I’m deploying to a host.

destination

Once VMM knows that the VM is to be deployed to a host, a list of your hosts is provided and each one is rated for how well it will be able to handle the virtual machine. Here, choose your target and click Next to proceed.,

host

Some items need to be configured, so the wizard displays those items and asks you to provide values or accept the defaults.

more-settings

Each virtual machine has a number of properties associated with it, too. For example, I want my virtual machine to restart if the host crashed, but only if it was running at the time of the crash. I’m able to set that setting as shown in the figure below.

properties

The wizard provides you with a summary of your selections.

summary

Back in the console, you are shown the status of the virtual machine creation process.

vmm2012-status

Here’s a look at the full job details for the virtual machine creation.

vmm2012-job

And, finally, in the figure below, you can see that the virtual machine is now running.

vmm2012-win7

 

 

Source: Scott Lowe Blog

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