To reconfigure a template with new or updated hardware or applications, you must convert the template to a virtual machine and clone the virtual machine back to a template. In some cases, you might convert a template to a virtual machine because you no longer need the template.

You can open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, or directly from the template. The wizard provides several options for creating and deploying virtual machines and templates.

If you open the wizard from a template, the Select a creation type page does not appear.

This task provides steps to convert a template to a virtual machine. To clone a virtual machine back to a template, see Clone a Virtual Machine to a Template in the vSphere Web Client.

Select how to convert a template to a virtual machine.

Option

Description

Open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory

a

Right-click any inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, such as a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host, and select New Virtual Machine.

b

Select Convert template to virtual machine and click Next.

The Select a resource page opens.

Open the Convert Template to Virtual Machine wizard from a template

a

Search or browse for a template.

b

Right-click the template and select Convert to Virtual Machine.

The Select a resource page opens.