To make a master copy of a virtual machine, you can clone the virtual machine to a template. You can open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, or directly from the template. The wizard provides several options for creating and deploying virtual machines and templates.

About this task

If you open the wizard from a template, the Select a creation type page does not appear.

Procedure

Select an option to clone a virtual machine to a template.

Option

Description

Open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory

  1. Right-click any inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, such as a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host, and select New Virtual Machine.

  2. Select Clone Virtual Machine to Template and click Next.

    The Select a name and folder page opens.

Open the Clone Virtual Machine to Template wizard from a template

Right-click the virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions > Template > Clone to Template .

The Select a name and folder page opens.