Creating a new Virtual Machine and automatically install its Operating System

ImportantThe following tutorial uses options that are available starting with the Enterprise edition and project type.

This tutorial helps you create a new virtual machine for testing the installation and automatically installs the operating system on it. You can use it to create new VMware or Hyper-V virtual machines.

1. Create a new Enterprise project type

To create a new Enterprise project go to New and choose Installer > Enterprise.

Start an "Enterprise" project type

Configure the project as you need and continue with the next step when you are ready to test the installation in a virtual machine.

2. Start the "Prepare a Virtual Machine" wizard

The wizard can be accessed from the [ Run in VM ] dropdown in the "Home tab" from the ribbon.

Create a new VM wizard

After selecting "Prepare a Virtual Machine" from the dropdown, you will get the welcome dialog:

Welcome dialog

3. Prepare the virtual machine

Select to Create a new virtual machine and the Virtualization product you want to use.

VM Configuration dialog

4. Configure the virtual machine

Specify the machine name and the location where it will be saved in.

VM Configuration dialog

5. Operating System Information

In this dialog, you can select the ISO file of the operating system that will be installed on the virtual machine.

OS Information dialog

By pressing [ Next ] the wizard will start to create the virtual machine and install its operating system using the provided information.

VM Creation Monitoring dialog

6. Inspect the installed OS

Once the wizard finishes installing the OS, you can inspect it to make sure it's configured according to your testing requirements.

When you are ready, press the [ Finish ] button to close the wizard.

Finish

7. Verify the new VM profile

Back in Advanced Installer, a new profile was created based on the information provided when creating the virtual machine. This profile was automatically set as the default one. To see its details, select "Edit Virtual Machine profiles" from [ Run in VM ]:

VM Creation Monitoring dialog

The Edit VM Profiles dialog will be opened:

VM Creation Monitoring dialog

8. Video Tutorial

Creating a virtual machine from within Advanced Installer