To make changes to a template and preserve the state of the original template, you clone the template to a 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.

Select to clone a template to a template.

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 Clone Template to Template and click Next.

The Select a name and folder page opens.

Open the Clone Template to Template wizard from a template

a

Search or browse for a template.

b

Right-click the template and select Clone.

The Select a name and folder page opens.