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Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 by Josh Atwell, Matt Liebowitz, Forbes Guthrie, Nick Marshall, Scott Lowe

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Chapter 10

Using Templates and vApps

Creating VMs manually and installing guest operating systems (guest OSes) into those VMs is fine on a small scale, but what if you need to deploy lots of VMs? What if you need to ensure that your VMs are consistent and standardized? Through vCenter Server, VMware vSphere offers a solution: VM cloning and templates. In this chapter, we'll show you how to use cloning, templates, and vApps to help streamline the deployment of VMs in your environment.

In this chapter, you will learn to

  • Clone a VM
  • Create a VM template
  • Deploy new VMs from a template
  • Deploy a VM from an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) template

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