A VMware template (also callled a golden image)
is a perfect, model copy of a virtual machine (VM) from which an administrator can
clone, convert or deploy more virtual machines.
A VMware template includes the virtual machine's virtual disks and settings from its .vmx configuration
file, managed with permissions. Templates save time and avoid errors when configuring settings and
other choices to create new Windows or Linux server VMs. They can also be used as long-term
in-place backups of
VMs, and to ensure consistent VMs are created and deployed across a company. A VMware template
cannot be operated without reverting it to a virtual machine (VM).
See also: VMware
Contributor(s): Meredith Courtemanche
This was last updated in February 2013
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