Create a virtual machine from a template#

Create a VM when you want to deploy a new service or application. As a best practice, install a new service or application on its own VM. If you need to restart the VM, you impact all applications on that VM.

VMs can be standalone or created within vApps.

Note: Operating systems have different prices.

Before you begin#

Before you begin, ensure that you:

How to get started#

Complete the following steps to start creating a VM from a template:

  1. Log in to the Rackspace Services for VMware Cloud portal.

  2. Click the VDC to which you want to add a VM.

  3. Click New VM and complete the Name, Computer name, and Description fields.

  4. In the Type field, select From Template.

Best practice guidelines#

Consider the following guidelines when you create a VM from a template:

Field name


Power on

Leave the Power on checkbox selected if you want the VM to power on immediately after you create it.

Clear the Power on checkbox if you intend to edit the VM or add it to a vApp before you power it on.


Select a template. Typically, there is one template per OS.

Note: Rackspace Technology creates and manages templates.

Storage policy

Select one of the following storage policies:

  • Standard: Based on shared SAN.

  • Capacity: Based on all-flash vSAN.

Compute sizing policy

Select from the list of compute sizes.

The compute size defines the amount of vRAM and several assigned vCPUs. You cannot customize the sizing policy.


Primary NIC: If you have multiple NICs, you must designate one of the NICs as the Primary NIC. Because the system pushes DNS and gateway settings to only the Primary NIC, you must select a connection that needs these settings the most for external communication.

Connected: Select this option unless you want to keep the interface disconnected for now. You can always change this setting later.

Network adapter type: We recommend that you select VMXNET3 for most modern operating systems.

Network: Select the network to which you want to connect this network adapter.

IP mode: Select between DHCP, IP Pool, or IP Manual. In most cases, we recommend that you select IP Pool.

Note: You are responsible for creating the IP pool. Rackspace Technology does not impose a limit on IP pools.