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VMware vSphere 6 – Create a Template

VMware includes a great solution, templates, for consistent virtual machine deployments. A template is essentially a master image of a virtual machine that typically includes a guest operating system and applications. Using templates allows you to deploy virtual machines with a consistent configuration. Additionally, below is a step list of steps for creating a template.

  • Install the Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 operating system
  • Install VMware Tools
  • Install Windows Updates
  • Run sysprep (C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\sysprep.exe)
    • System Cleanup Action: Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE)
    • Generalize
    • Shutdown Options: Shutdown
  • Right click the virtual machine and select Convert to Template….


Published inAutomationMicrosoft Windows Server 2008Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2Microsoft Windows Server 2012Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2VMware vCenter Server 6.0VMware vSphere 6.0

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