How to Create a VMware Virtual Machine From a Template

Virtualization technology has revolutionized the way we deploy and manage IT resources. One of the most popular virtualization platforms is VMware, which provides powerful tools for managing virtual machines (VMs).

Creating a new VM from scratch can be time-consuming and error-prone. Fortunately, VMware allows you to create a template as a blueprint for new VMs.

This blog post will guide you through creating a VMware virtual machine from an existing template, saving you precious time and streamlining your workflow!

How to Create a VMware Virtual Machine From a Template

Overview of VMware Virtual Machines

A VMware virtual machine is a software computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications. The big difference is that a virtual machine doesn’t need its own physical hardware.

Instead, it uses the resources of the host server—CPU, memory, storage, etc. This enables you to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server, which increases your IT flexibility, efficiency, and cost savings.

Creating a VMware virtual machine from a template is a quick and easy way to start with VM creation. This blog post will show you how to create a VMware virtual machine from a template using the vSphere web client.

Benefits of Using a Template for VMWare Virtual Machines

There are many benefits of using a template for VMware virtual machines, including:

  1. Time savings: Creating a virtual machine from a template is much faster than manually configuring and installing an operating system and applications on a new VM.
  2. Reduced errors: When you use a template, the risk of human error is reduced as the template handles all the configuration details.
  3. Consistency: Templates can help ensure all your VMs are consistent regarding configurations and applications. This is especially important in large environments with many VMs.
  4. Flexibility: Using templates allows you to quickly provision new VMs or modify existing ones without rebuilding them from scratch each time.

Steps to Create a VMware VM from a Template

  1. Log into the vSphere Web Client and navigate to the Hosts and Clusters view.
  2. Select the cluster or host where you want to create the new VM.
  3. Right-click on the cluster or host and select Deploy OVF Template from the context menu.
  4. In the Deploy OVF Template wizard, select Local file and click Browse to locate the OVF file for your template. Select the template file and click Next.
  5. On the next page, review the template details and click Next.
  6. Select a name and folder for your new VM on the next page and click Next.
  7. Select a datastore for your new VM on the next page and click Next.
  8. Select a disk format for your new VM on the next page and click Next. Possible disk formats include thin provisioned, eagerly zeroed thick provisioned, or lazy zeroed thick provisioned disks. We recommend using thin provisioned disks unless you have a specific reason to use one of the other formats.
  9. If you are unsure what format to use, thin provisioned is generally a good choice. Eager zeroed thick provisioning creates a virtual disk in which every sector is zeroed out when it is created.
  10. This can improve performance when writing to newly created disks because zeroes do not need to be written as part of standard I/ O operations.
  11. Review the hardware configuration for your new VM on the next page and click Next.
  12. On the next page, review the summary information and click Finish to deploy your template into a new VM.
  13. After the file finishes deploying, you will be prompted to power on your new VM. Click Power On to do so. Congratulations! You have successfully created a virtual machine from a template!

Troubleshooting Tips

If you’re having trouble creating a VMware virtual machine from a template, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • First, make sure that you have the correct template file. The template file should be in the same directory as your other virtual machine files.
  • Next, check that the template file is not damaged or corrupted. You can do this by trying to open the file in a text editor such as Notepad++. If the file opens without errors, it’s probably not damaged.
  • If you’re still having trouble, try restarting your computer and then try again. Sometimes, restarting can fix minor problems that might be preventing you from creating the virtual machine.

Best Practices When Creating a VM from a Template

To ensure a successful creation, specific best practices should be followed when creating a VM from a template. Below are some of the best practices to follow when creating a VM from a template:

  1. Make sure that the template you are using is compatible with the version of VMware you are running.
  2. If possible, use a fresh or newly created template. This will help to avoid any potential errors that could occur when using an older or pre-existing template.
  3. When configuring your VM, make sure to pay attention to the settings and options that are available. Some of these settings can have a significant impact on the performance and stability of your VM.
  4. Make sure to allocate enough resources to your VM when creating it. Not allocating enough resources can lead to poor performance and stability issues.
  5. After creating your VM, make sure to test it out thoroughly before putting it into production use. This will help to ensure that everything is working as it should and help to avoid any potential problems down the road.


Creating a VMware virtual machine from a template is an easy process that anyone can do. The first step to creating your virtual machine is to download the correct version of VMware for your operating system and choose the appropriate version for the virtual hardware of your VM.

After choosing a name and configuration, you can install any necessary software onto it. Finally, start up your new virtual machine and enjoy! With these simple steps, you have created a new computer without buying any physical hardware or infrastructure!

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