If you are working with a vSphere environment, you can provision a space-efficient copy of a virtual machine called a linked clone. Linked clones are based on a snapshot of a VM and use a chain of delta disks to track differences from a parent machine.

By pointing to a snapshot, the linked clone uses less disk space than a full clone. This reduces storage costs. Linked clones are provisioned quickly, and are ideal to use when performance is not a high priority.

Log in to the vCloud Automation Center console as a tenant administrator or business group manager.

A snapshot of a virtual machine. These do not have to be created in vCloud Automation Center. Snapshots created in vCenter Server are discovered during inventory data collection.

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Blueprint information settings control who can access a blueprint, how many machines they can provision with it, and how long to archive a machine once the lease period is over.

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The build information settings determine how a machine is provisioned.

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Machine resource settings control the resources consumed by a machine provisioned with your blueprint.

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Adding custom properties to a blueprint gives you detailed control over provisioned machines.

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Use blueprint actions and entitlements together to maintain detailed control over provisioned machines.

The blueprint is not available as a catalog item until it is published. See Publish a Blueprint.

Optionally, you can add a storage reservation policy or a single datastore to your linked clone blueprint. See Choosing a Storage Scenario.