You convert the virtual machines directly to templates instead of making a copy by cloning.

Repeat this procedure for each of the VM templates in the content library.
VM Template Name Guest OS
windows-server-2016 Windows Server 2016
windows-server-2016-sql-server-2017 Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2017
ubuntu-server-1804 Ubuntu Server 18.04


  1. In a Web browser, log in to the Compute vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    Settings Value
    URL https://lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local/ui
    User name administrator@vsphere.local
    Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. In the VMs and templates inventory, expand the lax01w01vc01.lax01.rainpole.local tree and expand the lax01-w01dc data center.
  3. Expand the VM Templates folder, right-click the windows-server-2016 virtual machine, and from the drop-down menu, select Template > Convert to Template.
  4. To confirm the template conversion, click Yes.
  5. Repeat this procedure for the remaining VM templates in the content library.