VirtualCenter 2: Template Usage and Best Practices

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November 20, 2007

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This document will focus on the use of virtual machine templates in VMware Infrastructure 3. Virtual machine template functionality was redesigned in VMware Infrastructure 3 which includes VirtualCenter 2. In this context, a virtual machine template (usually referred to as simply a template) is a reusable image created from a virtual machine. The template, as a derivative of the source virtual machine,typically includes virtual hardware components, an installed guest operating system (with any applicable patches) and software application(s). New to VirtualCenter 2 is the ability to keep templates current with OS and application updates.Foedus is a leading provider of Virtualization Infrastructure technologies and services to companies worldwide, specializing in helping organizations utilize emerging technologies to solve their critical business challenges. By offering a unique combination of consulting talent and implementation expertise, Foedus enables companies to realize a measurable return on their VI investment.