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VMware vSphere Essentials by Christian Stankowic, Kunal Kumar

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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 ...

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