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VMware vSphere 5.5 Essentials

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Essentials

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Table of Contents (20 chapters)
VMware vSphere Essentials
About the Authors
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Creating templates and clones

A template is a master copy of a virtual machine. It is used to create and provision multiple other virtual machines of same type, including the same guest operating system and its configuration.

A template generally includes the following:

  • A guest operating system

  • A set of applications

  • Virtual hardware configuration

Creating a template makes the provisioning of multiple virtual machines faster and easier. It is very easy to deploy virtual machines from a template, and it saves a lot of time which was otherwise used in installing the guest operating system and applications.

A template can be created in many ways:

  • Clone a Virtual Machine to Template: The virtual machine's power status doesn't affect this process; it can be powered on or off. In this case, we will continue to have the original virtual machine, and a new template of the same virtual machine will also be created.

  • Convert a Virtual Machine to a Template: The virtual machine should be powered off. In this...