If you ever have the need to deploy a Virtual Machine and have some customisations for deployment (i.e. Network Settings or have the automatically join a domain), this post will show you how to.
The VMWare Customistation script will allow you to specify;
Assuming here (I know, never assume anything) that you have already created a VM template to deploy (If you havent already created one, click the link to see a blog post on How to Create a VMWare Template) follow these steps to create your very own VMWare Customisation Script.
2. The VMware Customisation Wizard starts. Choose the Operating System and provide a Name and Description then click Next.
3. Provide the Name and Organisation that the server will belong to then click Next.
4. Next we need to configure the name of the VM. In this example, I am choosing to use the Virtual Machine name as this will match against Vmware and Active Directory making it easier to identify. Click Next when ready to proceed.
5. If you have a product key you can enter it here. As I am using KMS in my domain for Windows Licensing, I chose to leave this blank. Again, click Next when ready.
6. Add the Administrator password and how many times you wish for the Administrator account to login. This is used for the Local Administrator account not a Domain Administrator. Click Next.
7. Choose the Time Zone relevant to your environment then click Next.
8. If you wish for any commands to run (ie scripts to customise your server further) you can enter them here. I havent any for this Customisation so have left this as black. Click Next.
9. For the Network portion of the wizard, you can choose custom settings if required (i.e DNS server and IP address settings). Im using the typical settings (i.e. DHCP). Click Next when you have chosen the settings you require.
10. Now the important part. If you want the VM to deploy and then to automatically join your Windows domain you will need to add the Domain Name, Administrator Account and Password. Click Next when ready.
11. Allow the VMWare customisation script to Generate New Security ID (SID) then click Next.
12. Finally, check the settings are correct then click Finish to proceed.
13. Now hopefully everything went well and you are ready to start using the VMWare Customisation Script you created and deploy your first VM with these settings. Choose the template you wish to apply this customisation to, Right Click and choose Deploy Virtual Machine from this Template.
14.Give the VM a name and then the Inventory Location the machine will reside in and then click Next.
15. Choose a Host or Cluster for the VM to run on then click Next.
16. Next you choose the storage location that the VM will use to store its files (VMDK). Select the storage destination then click Next.
17. This is another important part of the VM deployment process. You can choose not to customise but since this blog post is about using the customisation we created earlier, choose Customise using an existing customisation specification. Select the VMWare customisation you created then click Next.
18. Check the settings that are specified in this screen are what you have selected and when confirmed click Next. You can also edit the Virtual Machines hardware if you wish to do so (i.e. set CPU, Ram, Disk Space etc)
19. You should now be able to see that your new Virtual Machine is deploying using the VMWare Customisation Script you created. It will now automatically join the Windows Domain and be ready to use once the installation has completed.