Clone a template to create a copy of it.

You must be connected to vCenter Server to clone a template. You cannot create templates if you connect directly to an ESX/ESXi host.


Right-click the template and select Clone.


Give the new template a unique name and description and click Next.


Select the host or cluster and click Next.


Select a datastore for the template and click Next.


Specify in which format to store the template’s virtual disks.



Same format as source

Use the same format as the source virtual machine.

Thin provisioned format

Use the thin provisioned format. At first, a thin provisioned disk uses only as much datastore space as the disk initially needs. If the thin disk needs more space later, it can grow to the maximum capacity allocated to it.

Only VMFS datastore version 3 and later support virtual disks in the thin provisioned format.

Thick format

The thick virtual disk does not change its size and from the very beginning occupies the entire datastore space provisioned to it.


Click Next.


Review the information for the template and click Finish.

You cannot use the new template until the cloning task completes.

vCenter Server adds the cloned template to the list in the Virtual Machines tab.