To make changes to a template and preserve the state of the original template, you clone the template to a 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. You can also 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.

Procedure

Select to clone a template 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 data center, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host, and select New Virtual Machine.

  2. Select Clone Template to Template and click Next.

    The Select a name and folder page opens.

Open the Clone Template to Template wizard from a template

  1. Search or browse for a template.

  2. Right-click the template and select Clone.

    The Select a name and folder page opens.