Using your IaaS architect privileges, you want to provide software architects with space-efficient copies of the provisioned CentOS machine you prepared.

You copy your existing CentOS on vSphere blueprint as a starting point, and edit the copy to create linked clone copies of the snapshot you prepared. Linked clones use a chain of delta disks to track differences from a parent machine. They are provisioned quickly, reduce storage cost, and are ideal to use when performance is not a high priority.


  1. Select Design > Blueprints.
  2. Select the row that contains CentOS on vSphere and click Copy.

    You created an independent copy of the CentOS on vSphere machine blueprint.

  3. Enter CentOS for Software Testing in the Name text box.
  4. Enter Space-efficient vSphere CentOS for software testing in the Description text box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select the machine component on your canvas to edit the details.
  7. Click the Build Information tab.
  8. Select Linked Clone from the Action drop-down menu.
  9. Click the Browse icon next to the Clone from text box.
  10. Select the provisioned machine Rainpole001 on which you installed the software bootstrap and guest agents.
  11. Select your snapshot from the Clone from snapshot drop-down menu.
  12. Click Finish.
  13. Select the row that contains CentOS for Software Testing and click Publish.


You created a linked clone blueprint that you and your architects can use to deliver software on CentOS machines.

What to do next

Use your software architect privileges to create a Software component for installing MySQL. See Scenario: Create a MySQL Software Component for Rainpole.