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Enabling Template Mode for the Parent

— You can avoid inadvertently deleting the parent of linked clones by designating the parent virtual machine as a template. To designate a virtual machine as a template, enable template mode in the virtual machine settings editor:

1. Select the virtual machine.

2. Choose VM > Settings

3. Select Options

4. Click Advanced

5. Select Enable Template mode (to be used for cloning).

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6. Click OK.

With template mode enabled, a virtual machine cannot be deleted or added to a team, and the virtual machine's snapshots cannot be deleted.

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