On the Properties page, specify the following options:

  • Template name: Choose and type a template name.
  • Maximum guest VMs: Specify the maximum number of guest VMs that can be created from this template.
  • Number of guest VMs deployed on wizard completion: The number of guest VMs to deploy once the template is created. Please keep in mind that this will take some time because the VMs will be created one at a time.
  • Guest VM name: A pattern to use when naming new guest VMs. For details, see Guest VM naming.
  • Clone method: Whether to create linked or full clones. A full clone is a complete copy of a template. As such, it occupies as much space on the physical hard drive as the source template and takes a significant time to create. A linked clone is a copy of a template made from a snapshot that shares virtual disk with the source template, therefore it takes much less space on the physical hard drive and it takes only a couple of minutes to create.

    You should use full clones if your application and OS updates are too slow (full clones take longer to create, but they provide the best possible performance). Otherwise if your updates are fast enough, use linked clones as it takes much less time to create them.

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