1A First Alternative

Virtual Machines

With the module 'VMs' in the 1A-manager you can manage virtual machines (VMs). A VM is a guest computer on a server which runs on mimiced "hardware". The VM can do everything a physical computer can do.

VMs can offer a solution when essential business software can't be installed on the 1A-server. This can happen when the software can only run on another operating system. Savings can be another reason: you don't need a separate physical server for a VM, which saves you power and maintenance.

To be able to boot from a live-CD or to install an operating system on a VM, you often need a physical installation medium (for example a CD, DVD or USB-drive). This medium can be converted to an image which can be connected to a VM with the VM media share. Your 1A-partner can help you with converting a physical medium to a useable image.

Requirements

To complete this manual, you will need:

  • A computer connected to your 1A-server
  • A browser, for example Internet Explorer or Firefox
  • A username and password for the 1A-manager
  • A license with virtualisation enabled on your 1A-server. No virtualisation yet? Please contact your 1A-partner

Steps

1
Open the module VMs
  • Go to addonsVMs
2
Create or modify a VM
  • Please contact your 1A-partner to do this
Create or modify a VM
3
See the properties of a VM
  • Go to status VMs
  • Click on the VM you want to see
See the properties of a VM
4
Turn a VM on or off
  • Go to status VMs
  • Click on the VM you want to turn on or off
  • Go to actions
  • Click the button
Turn a VM on or off
5
Use the VM media share
  • Go to VM media share
  • Check yes at VM media share actief
  • Click save
  • Go to the module groups and add users who are allowed to use the share to the group vm_media
  • Connect to the share indicated at VM media sharename
Use the VM media share
6
Start the VM with an image from the media share
  • Go to status VMs
  • Click on the VM you want to start
  • Go to boot device
  • Check CD-ROM
  • Click save
  • Go to change CD-ROM
  • Select the image you want to boot from
  • Click use this CD-ROM
  • Power on the VM
Start the VM with an image from the media share
7
Connect to the VM with VNC
  • Click allow VNC from LAN (this will change to block VNC from LAN). This setting can only be changed when the VM is turned on.
  • Enter a password of your choosing
  • Click set VNC password
  • Connect with a VNC client, for example UltraVNC
  • If you want to be able to log in without a VNC password, you can do this bij clicking remove VNC password
Connect to the VM with VNC