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VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions by Andre Leibovici, Jason Langone

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Backing up the gold templates

For environments using full cloning as the provisioning technique for the vDesktops, the gold template should be backed up regularly. The gold template is the mastered vDesktop that all other vDesktops are cloned from. The VMware KB article—Backing up and restoring virtual machine templates using VMware APIs covers the steps to both back up and restore a template. In short, most backup solutions will require that the gold template is converted from a template to a regular virtual machine at which time it can then be backed up.

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