Virtual Machine Templates come in very handy when you want to have a repository of Virtual Machine base or images or SOE’s that you can easily create a virtual machine from. This saves you the time of installing the operating system, installing regular common applications and patching the system.
In this tutorial we will run through creating a Virtual Machine Template from a Windows 2008 32-bit virtual machine I created earlier.
1. Creating Virtual Machine Templates is all done within vCenter. Open vCenter and select the virtual machine that you wish to create a template with and select Clone to Template. This will not make any changes to the source system. However if you wish to convert the Virtual Machine to a template you can select Convert to Template, though keep in mind that the source virtual machine will not be usable after that process. We will select Clone to Template.
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