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Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab: Part 5 – Prepare the Template

First, we will need to ‘protect’ our parent VM and make it a template.  This ensure we don’t delete it or power it on.  Select the Windows2008R2_Base VM and click Edit virtual machine settings.

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Select the Options tab, go to the Advanced item and check the Enable Template mode checkbox.

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Next up, we need to snapshot the Base VM.  All our linked clones will be based on this snapshot.

Right-click the VM and Snapshot it!

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Give it a name like Version 1.0 and provide a good description of it.

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That’s it!  Now we are ready to start deploying the first VMs!

 

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 1: The Story

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 2: The Hardware

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 3: VMware Workstation 8

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 4: Base Template

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 5: Prepare the Template

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 6: Domain Controller

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 7: SQL Server

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 8: vCenter

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 9: ESXi

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 10: Storage

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 11: vMotion & Fault Tolerance

Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 12: Finalizing the Lab

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  1. December 22, 2012 at 21:09

    great Guide!
    i am doing my VCP training at the moment and finding it useful
    unfortunately Workstation 9 shrinking is a bit different (command line based) but otherwise he guide is spot-on!

  1. June 8, 2012 at 16:43

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