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Creating Container

Parallels Management Console uses one wizard to create and initially configure a Container. You can launch the Create New Containers wizard by selecting the Virtuozzo Containers item under the corresponding Hardware Node name in the Management Console left pane and choosing the Create Container option on the Action menu:

Management Console - Choosing Sample Configuration File

The main Container parameters, including the templates and resource management parameters, can be retrieved on the basis of the Container configuration sample indicated in the very first option (detailed information on Container configuration samples is provided in the Managing Container Resources Configurations section).

After you have decided on the Container configuration sample, you are supposed to define the number of Containers you wish to create in the Number of Containers to create field. By default, you are offered to create one Container. In this window you can also:

Under the Container ID group, you can select the variant the Container ID assignment:

The Hostname group of options on the first page of the wizard shown above might help you make use of your DNS server. If your DNS server has records for the IP addresses that will be assigned to the newly-created Containers, select the Assign hostname automatically radio button. The hostnames will be assigned on the basis of DNS records found. Selecting the Hostname radio button allows you to manually set a hostname for the Container. As in the case of assigning names to your Containers, you should use the $VEID placeholder if you are creating several Containers at once. This placeholder is then automatically replaced with the ID of the Container being created.

You should set the Administrator password for the Container being created on the first page of the wizard by typing the desired password in the Password and Confirm password fields. You will need this password in future to connect to the Container by means of Parallels Power Panel or by using the standard Microsoft Terminal Services Client/Windows Remote Desktop Connection applications. If you are creating several Containers, all Containers will be given the same Administrator password. However, you can change the password for each Container at a later time.

Clicking the Next button displays the window where you can specify the settings for Container virtual network adapters:

Management Console - Configuring Container Network Adapters

This window allows you to:

Note: Detailed information on adapter network modes and all network parameters that can be set for Container adapters is provided in the Managing Virtuozzo Network chapter.

On the next step, you should choose the OS template to be used as the basis for the Container creation:

Management Console - Specifying OS Template

All OS templates that are installed on the Hardware Node and can be used for the Container creation are listed in the table on the Specify OS Template screen. To choose an OS template, click its name in the Name column and choose its version, if necessary. Detailed information on OS templates is provided in the Virtuozzo Template Management Guide shipped with Virtuozzo Containers 4.0.

You can click on the Finish button on this step of the wizard and create the Container with the configuration parameters specified in the configuration sample you chose on the first step of the wizard. If you do not rely on any configuration sample, click the Next button instead of Finish. In this case you will have to go through a number of steps of the wizard and set all the parameters of the new Container separately. However, you can click Finish on every of the following steps of the wizard to start creating the Container. All the pages of the wizard are self-explanatory, so there is no need in dwelling upon them here in detail. You have the possibility to:

Creating a new Container may take some time. You can see the progress in the Actions pane.

Note: Any created Container has the time zone settings similar to those set on the Hardware Node at the moment of the Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 installation. You can change the default time zone for a Container as you would do it on a stand-alone server (e.g. by logging in to the corresponding Container via RDP, opening Control Panel, clicking Date and Time, and changing your time zone on the Time Zone tab of the displayed window).

After you have created, for example, Containers with IDs 101, 102, and 103, you can see them in the right pane of the Parallels Management Console window:

Management Console - Viewing Container

You can also use the vzctl create command to create a new Container. Detailed information on this command is provided in the Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows Reference Guide.

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