Create a Virtual Machine - VM Lifecycle Management - Amazon

The Virtual Machines module allows you to create and customize your own virtual machine. Only you and your administrator can view the contents of your virtual machine.

Create a Virtual Machine

  1. Log into the Web Console. For instructions, see Accessing the Web Console.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. At the top-right of the page, click Create Virtual Machine.
  4. From the Select Virtual Machine Pool list, select the name of an Amazon machine pool, and then click Next.

    If there is only one virtual machine pool available to you, you will not see this screen. In this case, the Name screen appears first.

  5. On the Name page, specify the name, description, expiration date, and number of your virtual machines.
    1. In the Name box, enter a name for the virtual machine. The name must follow the pattern displayed.

      If the pattern displayed is MyVM*, then your virtual machine name must consist of the characters, MyVM, followed by at least one additional character.

      For example: MyVMBob1

    2. In the Description box, type a description of the virtual machines.
    3. In the Expiration box, select the date on which the virtual machines will expire.
    4. In the Number of VMs to create box, type the number of virtual machines that you want to create.

      If you are creating more than one virtual machine, each virtual machine will be created with the name that you specified, with a number added to the end.

      For example, if you create three virtual machines named MyVMBob, the virtual machines will be named : MyVMBob1, MyVMBob2, and MyVMBob3.

    5. Click Next.
  6. On the Template page, select a template from the list, and then click Next.
  7. On the Resources page, select an instance type to use for your virtual machines, and then click Next.

    Amazon instance types define the available CPU units, CPU cores, and memory available for each virtual machine.

  8. On the Disks page, you can specify the type and size of a second disk.

    The second disk functions as an additional Amazon storage device that is attached to the virtual machine, like a separate cloud drive. The maximum amount of disk size and the size of one disk is automatically set by the AMI.

    • To use a new disk, select the Empty Disk, and then enter the amount of disk space for the second disk.

      You can also drag the customization bar to refine the size.

    • To use an existing snapshot, select Snapshot, and then from the Snapshot list, select the snapshot that you want to use.
  9. Click Next, and then click Finish.

    Once the virtual machines are created, they appear in the My Virtual Machines list. The creation process may take several moments to complete.

    An email that confirms the creation of your virtual machine is automatically sent to you. This e-mail contains your login credentials.

    Immediately after you create a new virtual machine, you cannot select it or run operations, such as Start and Stop, on it. If you log out of Web Console, and then log in again. You can then select and run operations on the newly created virtual machine.

Congratulations -  You have successfully created your first virtual machine.

If you want to further explore this feature's capabilities, read User Operations - VM Lifecycle Management - Amazon.