To prevent the parent virtual machine for a linked clone from being deleted, you can designate the parent as a template. When template mode is enabled, the virtual machine, and snapshots of the virtual machine, cannot be deleted.


You cannot enable template mode for a shared or remote virtual machine.

If the parent does not have at least one snapshot, create a snapshot. See Taking Snapshots of Virtual Machines.


Select the virtual machine to use as a parent of the linked clone and select VM > Settings.


On the Options tab, select Advanced.


Select Enable Template mode (to be used for cloning) and click OK