Virtual machines can be deployed quickly from prebuilt templates. Virtual machine templates are configured with minimum CPU, memory, and storage resources. The guest operating system and any prerequisite applications are installed in the template. Instead of taking hours (or even days in some cases) to install the operating system and prepare the server, once a template has been created, a new virtual machine can be deployed within minutes. Virtual machine templates not only allow for quick deployment, but they also help maintain consistency across virtual machines deployed in the environment.
The following steps are required in order to create a virtual machine template: