Before you customize a guest OS in a vApp template, you need to understand the settings you need to make.

On the vApp Templates Properties page, if you select Customize VM Settings for the When creating a vApp from this template option, and you select Add to My Cloud or Add from Catalog, the Enable guest customization check box is selected by default and guest customization is performed.

These are the default values of guest customization settings.

  • The Enable guest customization check box is selected.

  • For Windows guest VMs, the Change SID option is the same as the source virtual machine in your catalog.

  • Password reset setting is the same as the source virtual machine in your catalog.

If you select Make Identical Copy on the vApp template Properties page, and select Add to My Cloud, the settings in the vApp Template are applied to the new vApp, regardless of whether customization is enabled.

These are the default values of guest customization settings.

  • The Enable guest customization check box is deselected.

  • In Windows guest virtual machines, the Change SID check box is deselected.

  • The password reset setting is deselected.

After you import or upload to a catalog, these are the default values.

  • The Customize VM Settings check box is selected in the vApp

  • The Enable guest customization check box is selected for the virtual machines.

  • For Windows guest VMs, the Change SID check box is selected for the virtual machines.

  • The Password reset setting is selected by default for the virtual machines.

If you are a vApp template owner and you import or upload to a catalog, you must check the VMware Tools version installed on the virtual machines in the vApp. To do this, select the vApp template, right-click, and select Open. Tools version is shown in the VMware Tools column. If you select Customize VM Settings, VMware Tools should be installed on all virtual machines. See Installing VMware Tools for more information.