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Hi

We are running VSphere 4. At the moment, the process of creating new virtual machines is quite laborious.

I would like to look into using the Templates function of the console. Is this the best way? Are there any drawbacks?
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I always use templates!

On windows you have to use microsoft sysprep to get different machines. For linux machines you can simply create from template.
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Hi

You can create a VM with the OS, install anti-virus, Windows updates, all the tools that you need for a good Windows VM, then you can create a VM Template from this VM.

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid179_gci1320419_mem1,00.html

After you create a Template you can deploy VMs using that template.

http://www.techhead.co.uk/vmware-esx-deploy-template-wizard-and-ms-sysprep-guest-customization-grayed-out

http://vinf.net/2008/01/22/deploying-a-virtual-machine-from-a-template-with-virtual-center-25/

For Windows 2008 Template check this

http://jeremywaldrop.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/how-to-build-a-windows-2008-vmware-esx-vm-template/

Hope this can help

Jail
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Hi

You only need the sysprep if you want to use Guest Customization. I never use.

I create a new VM, then inside of the VM I change the machine name, IP etc.

Jail
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sysprep helps you to distinguish one virtual windows machine from the other, this is important for WSUS updates, as well network sharing permissions.

If you don't need that, well no need to sysprep ;-)
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