Creating VMware ESX Server Templates

VMware Template Clone to Template and Convert into Template

It’s been a cumbersome activity to create new virtual machines with the software stack installed and configured properly. You can always use tools like KickStart to automatically install the operating system and then install other software as needed.

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Configurations of specific application is a complex activity since it may involve manual activity of database configuration or application configuration.

Solution introduced by VMware

Template: a pre-developed VM used to make new VM with a similar Software Stack, Configurations.

VMware ESX Server templates can be a time-saving for virtualization administrators as they allow you to clone, convert(Live VMs) and deploy virtual machines.

You can pick and configure every piece of software you will need into a template, and clone it to new instances whenever needed. It’s not only easier but also much faster.

Convert To Template

Offline Machine

It can be “Clone to Template” and “Converted into Template”.

VMware ESXi - Convert to Template

VMware ESXi – Convert to Template

Clone to Template

VMware ESXi - Clone to Template

VMware ESXi – Clone to Template

VMware ESXi - Clone to Template - Name and Location

VMware ESXi – Clone to Template – Name and Location

VMware ESXi - Clone to Template - Host and Cluster

VMware ESXi – Clone to Template – Host and Cluster

VMware ESXi - Clone to Template - Database

VMware ESXi – Clone to Template – Database

VMware ESXi - Clone to Template - Disk Format

VMware ESXi – Clone to Template – Disk Format

VMware ESXi - Clone to Template - Summary

VMware ESXi – Clone to Template – Summary

Live Virtual Machine

Live VM can only be “Clone to Template”; it cannot be Converted into Template.

Convert Template into VM

Select a Template->Right Click-> Convert to a Virtual Machine

VMware ESXi - Convert Template into VM - Host and Cluster

VMware ESXi – Convert Template into VM – Host and Cluster

VMware ESXi - Convert Template into VM - Resource Pool

VMware ESXi – Convert Template into VM – Resource Pool

VMware ESXi - Convert Template into VM - Summary

VMware ESXi – Convert Template into VM – Summary

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