Creating a virtual machine with Hyper-V

To perform this task, you need:
  • A Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection
  • Administrator privileges on a Microsoft Hyper-V server
  • Permission to download Zenoss Core software from the Zenoss Support site
This procedure installs the Zenoss Core appliance as a virtual machine managed by Microsoft Hyper-V. There are separate ISO files for the master host and delegates.
In this procedure, you download and install the delegate ISO file. A separate procedure provides instructions for installing the master.
  1. Use a Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection to log in to a Hyper-V host as Administrator, or as a user with Administrator privileges.
  2. Download the Zenoss Core ISO file from the Zenoss Support site to the Hyper-V host.
    Choose the delegate ISO file.
  3. Open Hyper-V Manager.
  4. In the left navigation pane, choose a server to host the virtual machine.
  5. In the Actions pane, choose New > Virtual Machine.
    The New Virtual Machine Wizard opens.
  6. Use panels in the wizard to create the virtual machine:
    1. Specify Name and Location: Provide a name for the virtual machine, and then click Next.
    2. Specify Generation: Choose Generation 1, and then click Next.
    3. Assign Memory: Specify memory information as follows:
      • Startup memory: Enter 32768 (32GB).
      • Check Use Dynamic Memory for this virtual machine.
      • Click Next.
    4. Configure Networking: For Connection, choose a virtual switch, and then click Next.
    5. Connect Virtual Hard Disk: Create a new disk on which to install the guest operating system as follows:
      1. Choose Create a virtual hard disk.
      2. Specify a name.
      3. Size: Enter 30.
      4. Click Next.

      In a later step, you will create additional disks.

    6. Installation Options: Access the delegate ISO file as follows:
      1. Choose Install an operating system from a bootable CD/DVD-ROM.
      2. Choose Image file (.iso).
      3. Specify or browse to the location of the ISO image file.
    7. Summary/Completing the New Virtual Machine Wizard: Verify the description, and then click Finish.
  7. In the Hyper-V Manager Virtual Machines area, right-click the new virtual machine, and then choose Settings.
  8. In the Hardware area on the left, configure as follows:
    1. Ensure that the virtual hard disk that you created is attached to an IDE controller.
      A Hyper-V guest machine can only boot from an IDE drive.
    2. Choose Processor.
    3. In Number of virtual processors, enter 8, and then click Apply.
  9. Create additional virtual hard disks as follows:
    1. In the Hardware area on the left, choose any controller and location that will accommodate the disk.
    2. In the controller area on the right, choose Hard Drive, and then click Add.
    3. In the area on the right, choose Virtual hard disk, and then click New.
    4. Complete panels in the New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard as follows:
      1. Choose Disk Format: Choose VHDX, and then click Next.
      2. Choose Disk Type: Choose Dynamically expanding, and then click Next.
      3. Specify Name and Location: Enter the disk name, and then click Next.
      4. Configure Disk:
        1. Choose Create a new blank virtual hard disk.
        2. Size: Enter 50.
        3. Click Next.
      5. Summary/New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard: Verify the description, and then click Finish.
    5. In the Settings window, click Apply.
    6. Repeat this step to create two 16GB virtual hard disks (for a total of four disks).
      When viewed from the Linux system, the disks might be reordered; however, the installation is not affected by disk order.
    7. In the Settings dialog box, click Apply, and then click OK.
  10. In the Hyper-V Manager Virtual Machines area, right-click the new virtual machine, and then choose Start.
    Figure 8. Starting a virtual machine
  11. In the Hyper-V Manager Virtual Machines area, right-click the new virtual machine, and then choose Connect.
  12. In the Virtual Machine Connection window, press Enter.
    The appliance installation process takes about 15 minutes, and should complete with no additional input.
    If received, disregard the Fast TSC calibration failure message.