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VMWare 4.1 and copying VMs

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I'm on VM4.1 and I've gone into the datastore and copied all the files from a vm into another folder. I just can't seem to find how to create templates or use a snapshot to create another vm quickly. Now that I have this folder with all the files from a vm that works how do I use it? I can't seem to get it to show up in vCenter.

Standard license.

This is the only software I have to work with so upgrading is not possible.

Alternatively how do I create templates for provisioning? I just can't seem to find it on this version.
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Do you see your VM in vCenter?

You do not need to manually copy the VM if you have vCenter, you can right-click your VM --> Template --> Clone to Template

This will give you a wizard you need to go through that will ask you some questions, after which, if all goes well, your template will be ready in Inventory --> VM's and Templates ...

After which you can right-click this template and choose to deploy a new VM using this template...
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Read the question the option to create templates is not available.

Andrew Hancock

No option for cloning - very strange, but I will try 'add to inventory'.

Convert to template not available or I would have done it. I've done it many times in the past on other systems.
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Maybe you do not have vCenter Server or are not connected to vCenter Server and are only connected directly to ESXi host server.

No VCenter Server

no templates
no clone
no deploy from template

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Andrew Hancock

I'm connecting through the client, see storage, see licensing, features enabled, etc. Still not sure why I can't copy, clone, template, etc.

asavener

Yeah, didn't see that, Can't convert so I'm copying for now but this works.

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