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How to create VM Customization Specification policy step by step

In previous post we have learned about what is VM Customization Specification & how it can help you in deploying your VMs in datacenter. In this post we will see on how you can create VM Customization Specification policy in vCenter Server step by step.

Basically VM Customization Specification allows you to configure few options for your Guest OS which is running inside your Virtual machine. You can configure things such as Timezone, Admin password, Licensing, Network etc etc. There are many useful things which you can configure in customization specification policy. If you don’t know much we request you to check below link to know more about it.

So let’s see how to create VM customization Specification step by step:

Step 1:
Login to vCenter Server.
Click on “VM Customization Specification” as shown.

create VM Customization specification

Step 2:
Here you will see your created VM Customization Specification policies.
We don’t have any policy created yet.
So click on New to create new policy.

create VM Customization specification

Step 3:
Provide the name & description for VM Customization Specification policy.
If you have multiple vCenter Servers linked then you can choose on which vCenter server you want to use VM Customization Specification.
Select the Guest OS for which you will be using this policy.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 4:
Here you can set the Registration information for your VMs such as Owner name & Owner organization.
So whenever you apply this policy to any VM, this details will be set for those VMs. Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 5:
Here you can choose how you want to set the names for your VMs.
You can provide the name at the time of deployment or you can choose the name & append the numeric numbers with each VMs.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 6:
If you are using windows server then you can directly pass the windows server license to your VMs using this option.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 7:
Here you can set the administrator password for your windows server VMs.
So you don’t need to manually set the password in each VM.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 8:
Here you can configure timezone for your VMs.
If you are using specific timezone so you can set it here so every VM which will be deployed using this policy will have the same time zone.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 9:
If you want to run any command when your server starts then you can specify it here.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 10:
Here you can configure networking directly for your VMs.
So you don’t need to configure network manually by logging into each VMs.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Step 11:
If you have windows servers & you want it to directly get joined to domain or specific workgroup, then that you can set it up here.
Click Next to continue.

create VM Customization specification

Review all the configuration & click Finish to save the VM Customization Specification policy.

create VM Customization specification

Once you click Finish you can see that your VM Customization Specification policy is created:

create VM Customization specification

 

You can also perform some operations on the VM Customization Specification policy such as Export, Import & Duplicate. In this post we have used the VM Customization specification policy for windows servers. If you are creating of Linux servers than some of the options may differ.

Using this way you can easily create VM Customization Specification policy. It will help you to save your time while deployment of the virtual machines in your datacenter.

Before applying policy check for the per-requisite & the guest OS compatibility so that you don’t face any issues.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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