To start a clone deployment in vCenter Server with a vCloud Automation Center blueprint, you must create a vCenter Server virtual machine template.

A clone deployment creates a complete and independent virtual machine based on the vCenter Server virtual machine template. A linked clone deployment references a snapshot of a virtual machine. The deployment creates a complete and independent virtual machine based on the vCenter Server snapshot of a virtual machine. You can set up a linked clone deployment from a clone deployment. See Iaas Configuration for Virtual Platforms.

You must prepare vCenter Server Windows virtual machine templates for vCloud Automation Center blueprints to create clone deployments. Application Services uses the vCloud Automation Center blueprints to deploy Windows-based applications and services to the vSphere environment.

You must prepare vCenter Server Linux virtual machine templates for vCloud Automation Center blueprints to create clone deployments. Application Services uses the vCloud Automation Center blueprints to deploy Linux-based applications and services to the vSphere environment.

When you create a custom vCloud Automation Center blueprint, you can allow a clone deployment to provision Application Services Windows-based or Linux-based applications and services to the VMware vSphere environment.

When you create a custom vCloud Automation Center blueprint you can allow a linked clone deployment to provision Application Services Windows-based or Linux-based applications and services to the vSphere environment. A linked clone is a copy of a virtual machine based on a snapshot. It occupies a small disk space, quick to provision, ideal when performance is not a high priority.