To prevent the parent virtual machine for a linked clone from being deleted, you can designate the parent as a template. When template mode is enabled, the virtual machine, and snapshots of the virtual machine, cannot be deleted.

Before you begin

If the parent does not have at least one snapshot, create a snapshot. See Taking Snapshots of Virtual Machines.

About this task


You cannot enable template mode for a shared or remote virtual machine.


  1. Select the virtual machine to use as a parent of the linked clone and select VM > Settings.
  2. On the Options tab, select Advanced.
  3. Select Enable Template mode (to be used for cloning) and click OK