This article describes how to create a DRS Target Server directly from the Server Dashboard.

For more information on DRS for Cloud see Introduction to DRS for Cloud


  1. User must be Primary Administrator or have the DRS role assigned
    1. For instructions on how to add Roles to a Sub-Administrator, see How to Manage the Primary Administrator User and other Sub-Administrators as the Primary Administrator
  2. Source Server must be in a DRS Eligible Data Center Location
  3. Target Data Center location and Target Data Center Cluster must be an MCP 2.0 location
  4. Source and Target locations cannot be in hypervisor maintenance
  5. For each NIC in the Source Server, you must provide a NIC/VLAN pairing:
    1. NIC must be associated with the Source server
    2. A corresponding VLAN Id must be provided and:
      1. All VLANs must belong to the same Network Domain owned by the Organization in the Target location
      2. The same VLAN cannot be used for more than one NIC
      3. For all NIC's, If an IPv4 address is provided:
        1. The NIC's Private IPv4 cannot be exclusively reserved on its corresponding VLAN
        2. The NIC's Private IPv4 cannot be system reserved on its corresponding VLAN
      4. If an IPv4 address is not provided for a NIC, the system will try to use the Source Private IPv4 address for that NIC
        1. The source address cannot be exclusively reserved on its corresponding VLAN
        2. The source address cannot be system reserved on its corresponding VLAN
        3. If there are no available IPv4 addresses, the operation will fail
  6. Source Server and all components (local disks, NIC's, etc) must be in a Normal state
  7. Number of disks and disk sizes of Source Server must be valid for the Target Data Center location
  8. Note that if the DRS Source Server has any Advanced Virtualization Settings, they will NOT be copied over to the DRS Target Server

Content / Solution:

  1. From the Home page, click on the Data Center where the Server from which you want to create a DRS Target Server is located:

  2. The Data Center dashboard will be displayed. Click on the Network Domain where the Server from which you want to create a DRS Target Server is located:

  3. Click on the Servers tab, then click on the Server from which you want to create a DRS Target Server. You will be directed to the Server dashboard:

  4. Click on the Actions menu in the upper right-hand side of the Server Details tab, and select Create DRS Target Server from the drop-down menu:

  5. The Deploy DRS Target Server dialog will be displayed. Select the Data Center where the DRS Target Server will be deployed. The dialog will expand:

  6. Fill out the form with the desired information:

    • Data Center - Select the DRS Enabled Data Center
    • Cluster - Select the Cluster
    • Network Domain - Select the Network Domain
    • Source Server - This field is not editable. It is displayed for your convenience
    • Server Name - Select a Name for the DRS Target Server
    • VLAN - Select the VLAN(s) that will be associated with the Server
      • Note: The DRS Target Server MUST have the same VLAN configuration as the DRS Source Server from which it is being created.
    • IPv4 Address - You can manually enter the IPv4. If you choose to leave it blank, the system will choose the next available Address
    • Description - Optionally, enter a description of up to 255 characters
    • Add/Update Tag to List - Optionally add a Tag/Tags to the Server. See Introduction to Tagging, Tag Keys and Tag Values

  7. Once the form has been filled out, click the Review button:

  8. Review the Server Specifications. When you are sure you want to continue, click Deploy:

    Note: you can click the Back button to go back to the previous screen and make any desired changes.

  9. The system will display a message indicating that the operation is in progress:

  10. The Source Server will indicate that the DRS Target Server is being deployed: 

  11. Meanwhile, the DRS Target Server will be added to the Server pool of the Target Network Domain and the system will indicate that the Server deployment is in progress:

  12. Once complete, the system will display a success message:

  13. Assuming the Server is successfully deployed, it will appear in the Servers tab of the Target Network Domain dashboard. Note the IP addresses are now listed and you are free to access and/or manage the Server to make additional changes:

    Note: If you chose to start the Server upon deployment, it will be in a running state as indicated by the color of the Server icon. 

    Note:  If for some reason the Server deployment fails, the pending Server will be displayed in the Admin UI with a brown/maroon bar with brief information about the error. The full error description will be displayed in a popup and will also be logged in the Administrator Logs. To review the Administrator Logs, see How to View an Administrator Logs Report. Depending on the error, you may be able to simply remove the failed Server and try deployment again or it may indicate a problem with the parent Client Image used for deployment. If you are having recurring problems deploying from a specific Image, the support team may be able to identify the issue. To remove the failed deployment, follow the instructions at How to Remove a Failed Server Deployment.