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Import the OS into a new layer

May 30, 2018

No matter which operating system you are using, you can finish creating your OS layer by returning to the management console and completing these steps.

Requirement for Hyper-V: In Hyper-V, you must manually copy the OS disk to the network file share., so it is available for import into the OS layer.

  1. In the management console, select Layers > OS Layers and click Create OS Layer in the Action bar. This opens the Create OS Layer wizard.
  2. In the Layer Details tab, specify a Layer Name and Version, both required values. Optionally, you can enter Descriptions of the Layer and Version, and change the Max Layer Size to accommodate the OS you are going to import.
  3. In the Connector tab, select a Connector Configuration that specifies the location of your clean OS image. If the configuration you need is not listed, add a New one, and then select it from this list. For details about adding a new connector configuration, see Add a connector configuration.
  4. In the OS Disk Details tab, click the Select Virtual Machine button. XenServer, VMware, and Nutanix: A new browser tab opens. Azure: An Azure panel opens where you can type the Resource Group and the virtual machine name.
  5. Click the Virtual Machine field to reveal a list of all virtual machines. Select a machine from the list, or start by typing the name to filter the list to virtual machines that contain the search text, and then select the machine.
    Azure:  Type the Resource Group and the virtual machine name.. Hyper-V: Navigate to the appliance’s Network Fle Share and select the OS disk. See the above Requirement for Hyper-V for more information.
  6. Click OK. The selected machine is validated to ensure that it has a single OS disk attached as a SCSI disk. (Attaching the OS disk as IDE is not supported.) If there are problems with the virtual machine or OS Disk, an error is displayed. Otherwise, you are returned to the wizard where the machine’s name and the size of the OS disk are listed.
  7. In the Icon Assignment tab, select an icon image to assign to this layer.
  8. In the Confirm and Complete tab, review the details of the OS layer, enter a comment if required, and click Create Layer. If you enter comments, they appear in the Information view Audit History.

When the task completes, the new OS layer in the management console displays a “Deployable” status.

Import the OS into a new layer

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