Creating a VMware template for use with ESXi
So i know that ESXi/vSphere doesnt have the cloning feature. So what i plan on doing is creating a template VM then just copying the vdk to create new VMs. A few questions.
- Is it necessary to sysprep prior to shutting down this template VM? Wont copying change the important stuff?
- When creating a new VM, do i create it, but prior to booting do the copy and replace the vdk that was created?
- Any benefit as to whether i thin or thick provision when doing this?
- If i join the template VM to a domain prior to saving will it keep that setting?