novero
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Clone/Convert to template... not available in menu?

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Hello,

we have 2 floating VMWare ESX 3.5 licenses and run 2 R3 servers which we access through VI-client.

I would like to create a template from a Win2003 VM I've just created -

as described in http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid179_gci1320419,00.html

Unfortunately I don't see any templates related entries in the menu.

Do I miss some component or should I switch some options on?

Best regards

A. Farber

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oreeh
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You need Virtual Center for this.

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oreeh
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You need Virtual Center for this.

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novero
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Thank you, actually I've learnt to use VMWare ESX + VI client in the past few months, but I'm still confused by the many products VMWare offers.

Do you think I need to purchase a separate license for it?

Is it a program to be installed on a client PC, like I do for VI client or is it something to be run on a separate server?

Thanks

Alex

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novero
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And I wonder what would be the checklist for a "poor man's templates"?

Copy all VM files, edit the .vmx file?

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oreeh
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Yes, you need an additional license for Virtual Center and you also need a SQL server.

However, there's still the "poor man's" version available.

You can clone the VM's disk(s) (using vmkfstools) and when you want to "deploy" a new VM from that "template" you can clone these disk(s) to a new VM.

Then you'll need to adjust the network settings, SID and the like.

When using Windows VM's I'd simply sysprep the VM before creating the master images.

Cooldude09
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Template is nothing but files which have VM files along with the configuration file vmtx.

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Anil

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