To deploy virtual machines from a template, you must first create the basic virtual machine from which the templates are converted.

For this example procedure, disregard the optional steps in Select a Datastore in the vSphere Client. You do not need to add memory or CPUs in Select an Operating System in the vSphere Client, and you can disregard the optional steps in Complete Virtual Machine Creation in the vSphere Client.


You use the Create New Virtual Machine wizard to create a virtual machine to place in the vSphere inventory. You open the wizard from the vSphere Client.


For this example procedure, use the typical configuration to simplify the workflow.


The name you enter is used as the virtual machine’s base name in the inventory. It is also used as the name of the virtual machine’s files.


You can place the virtual machine in a cluster or on a host that is not in a cluster.


Datastores are logical containers that hide specifics of each storage device and provide a uniform model for storing virtual machine files. You can use datastores to store ISO images and virtual machine templates.


The guest operating system that you select affects the supported devices and number of virtual CPUs available to the virtual machine.


The Ready to Complete page lets you review the configuration selections that you made for the virtual machine. You can change existing settings, configure resources, add hardware, and more.

Install a guest operating system.