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VMware Virtual Machine Template Administration and Management

Building Linux Virtual Machine Templates: Tips and Checklist

While preparing for my home lab, I have created several virtual machine templates. Here are a few tips I found useful to smoothen the process and make your virtual machine templates easy to be deployed than otherwise.

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Rethink Virtual Machine Template: It’s Not What It Is (DoubleCloud)

In the virtualization world, virtual machine template (as know as virtual machine image) is a big feature. It allows users to quickly deploy a new virtual machine without the steps to install a new operating system and other software. Because of this feat ...
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Move your templates to a new cluster – The PowerCLI Way

Alright, here's a script I quickly pieced together to accomplish the task of moving some of our templates over to a new cluster.  At the time I was currently in the process of deploying a new cluster on a new distributed virtual switch, thus this scr ...
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VMware - Using Customization Templates - YouTube

Was install and use the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion DP4 VMware Image and OS X 10.8 Install DVD.isoWas install and use the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion DP4 VMware Image and OS X 10.8 Install DVD.iso

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Preparing Linux Template VMs (The Lone Sysadmin)

Dan over at Bashing Linux has a good post on what he does to prep his template VMs for use with Puppet. He’s inspired me to share how I prepare my Linux VMs to become a template. He’s got a few steps I don’t have, mainly to prep for Puppet, and I have a f ...
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Using Templates and Cloning

Learn to use templates and cloning, techniques used to rapidly provision a virtual machine over and over, basically making a photocopy of that virtual machine, with the option to customize.

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vSphere 5.1 – using previous templates

I just started playing with 5.1, having upgraded my Workstation 9 environment over the weekend. One of the first things I noticed was I could no longer convert a pre-5.1 template back to a virtual machine.

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Using The WDDM Driver With vCloud Templates

Does the WDDM Driver make the VMRC perform better? Will the VMware Tools Update revert the driver? Does Sysprep on Customization revert the driver?

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Disconnect ISO files from Templates with PowerCLI

Just a quick post about how to disconnect ISO files from templates with PowerCLI. With the following script you can set the CD Drive to No Media. So the ISO files will be disconnected from the Template VMs.

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Storage vMotion of a template

If you try to run storage vmotion against a template, you will realize it’s not allowed in the GUI. So, you end up with two solutions: - “quick and dirty”: convert template to VM, run Storage vMotion, convert back VM to template - “SysAdmin style”, use ...
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Migrate templates during the Enter Maintenance Mode task

Normally when you put a host into Maintenance mode the templates will stay on the host instead of being migrate to a different host. This can be very annoying if you are performing maintenance on the vSphere host and a colleague needs to deploy a VM from ...
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Deploy multiple VM’s from template with PowerCLI

2008R2, I installed a new VM and converted it to a template, next I configured a template in "Customization Specifications Manager"...

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Script to update tools in templates.

Here is a script that takes template objects and updates their VMware tools.

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Configure custom Default Profile in VMware VM Templates

Over the past year I've been developing Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 VM templates for my VMware environment. However, the process has not been without its challenges. One of the features I wanted was a customized default user profile so that thing ...
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Deploying from a Template and Using Guest OS Customization

Say you have a test server that you are constantly deploying to test various senarios. Installing the OS, applications and configuring it can be very time consuming. After a while even though you have done it a thousand times you forget to do something i ...
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VMware templates and Windows Update Services

Correct proble with Windows Update Service

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Importing and Exporting VAppTemplates from/to OVFs with PowerCLI

Although this title is somewhat boring and non-consequential for most, its meaning drives a whole lot of value in transferring goods and consuming services from different VMware clouds. There are of course other ways to do this, but I believe this is the ...
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Upgrading vHardware to vSphere Part 1: Templates

With the release of vSphere VMware introduced a new hardware level for VM’s. De upgrade process to the new hardware level is already described on Scott Lowe’s blog: http://blog.scottlowe.org/2009/06/01/vsphere-virtual-machine-upgrade-process/  I wan ...
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The Template on Workstation 7 and 8 – Windows 2008 R2 VMware vSphere Labs – Foundations

This videos covers the template we will be setting up for deploying windows server 2008 r2 from. On this template we will be installing Active Directory, DNS, vCenter Server, and a lot more stuff. At the bottom of the blog will be references for ensuring ...
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