Create a template to create a master image of a virtual machine from which you can deploy many virtual machines.

You can create a template by converting a virtual machine to a template, cloning a virtual machine to a template, or cloning another template.

You can convert a virtual machine directly to a template instead of making a copy by cloning.

Cloning a virtual machine to a template creates a template copy of the virtual machine while leaving the original virtual machine in place.

Clone a template to create a copy of it.