Converting a template to a virtual machine changes the template rather than making a copy. You can convert a template to a virtual machine to edit the template. You might also convert a template to a virtual machine if you no longer need to preserve it as a master image for deploying virtual machines.

Before you begin

You must be connected to vCenter Server to convert a template to a virtual machine. You cannot work with templates if you connect directly to an ESXi host.

Procedure

  1. Right-click the template and select Convert to Virtual Machine.
  2. Select the host or cluster on which to run the virtual machine.

    Option

    Action

    Run the virtual machine on a standalone host.

    Select the host and click Next.

    Run the virtual machine in a cluster with DRS automatic placement.

    Select the cluster and click Next.

    Run the virtual machine in a cluster without DRS automatic placement.

    1. Select the cluster and click Next.

    2. Select a host within the cluster and click Next.

    If the template resides on a legacy VMFS2 datastore, you must select the host on which the template was created as the destination for the virtual machine.

  3. Select a resource pool in which to run the virtual machine and click Next.
  4. Review your selections and click Finish.