To reconfigure a template with new or updated hardware or applications, you must convert the template to a virtual machine and clone the virtual machine back to a template. You might also convert a template to a virtual machine when you no longer need the template.

About this task

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

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

This task provides steps to convert a template to a virtual machine. To clone a virtual machine back to a template, see Clone a Virtual Machine to a Template in the vSphere Web Client.

Procedure

Select how to convert a template to a virtual machine.

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 data center, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host, and select New Virtual Machine.

  2. Select Convert template to virtual machine and click Next.

    The Select a resource page opens.

Open the Convert Template to Virtual Machine wizard from a template

  1. Search or browse for a template.

  2. Right-click the template and select Convert to Virtual Machine.

    The Select a resource page opens.