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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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7.5. Creating Templates and Deploying Virtual Machines

If you've ever wished there were a faster way to provision a new server into your environment, then VMware fulfills that wish in a big way. In a vSphere environment, what would traditionally take several hours to do is now reduced to a matter of minutes. With the templates feature of vCenter Server, you can roll out new virtual machines quickly and easily with limited administrative effort.

vCenter Server offers two different options for creating templates: Clone To Template and Convert To Template. As the name suggests, the Clone To Template feature copies a virtual machine to a template format, leaving the original virtual machine intact. Similarly, the Convert To Template feature involves ...

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