When you deploy a virtual machine from a template, you can customize the guest operating system of the virtual machine to change properties. These properties include the computer name, network settings, and license settings.

Customizing guest operating systems can help prevent conflicts that can result if virtual machines with identical settings are deployed, such as conflicts due to duplicate computer names.

The customization requirements and procedures for Windows and for Linux are different.

To customize the guest operating system, you must configure the virtual machine and guest to meet VMware Tools and virtual disk requirements. Other requirements apply, depending on the guest operating system type.

When you deploy a new virtual machine from a template or clone an existing virtual machine, you can customize Windows guest operating systems for the virtual machine.

In the process of deploying a new virtual machine from a template or cloning an existing virtual machine, you can customize Linux guest operating systems for the virtual machine.