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How to Convert Virtual Machine into Template ?

Template is a master copy of virtual machine or you can say baseline image of virtual machine which is used later while deploying virtual machines. When we want to save our vm configurations, applications & vmdk for deploying multiple vm with same we can use template. It helps us in many scenario such as mass deployment of virtual machines. We get 2 options while using Template. We can use either convert to template or clone to template.

Let’s see step by step how you can use clone to template to create template of virtual machine:-

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.

Step 2:
Choose Host’s & Clusters.

Step 3:
Choose the Virtual Machine for which you want to convert to Template.
Right Click > Template >Convert to Template as shown in image.


Step 4:
You will get prompt for confirmation saying that convert virtual machine to template.
Click Yes to convert.


It will take few minutes to convert virtual machine to template.
After completion you can see the template in VM’s & Templates option.


That’s it you have successfully converted virtual machine to Template.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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  1. Hi Mayur ,
    i am following your web site it too good to know the basic stuff on GUI Mode and point to point its explination is good but one small suggestion form my side is that if you share the real time Issues and solutions that good for freshers to know more and more to get subject , please post real time issue and focus on troubleshooting issues its a great help for us ,Thanks for supporting and publishing this site and sharing the knowledge to all 🙂

    1. Hi Govardhan,
      Thank you for your valuable response.
      I will try my best to provide the solutions as soon as possible.

  2. Tq Mayur for the Quick Reply 🙂
    Really its great help to post the real time issues and solutions .

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