Create a Guest OS template in vSphere client

Hello, I'm relatively new to VMware and vsphere client.  Every time I want to spin up a new disk, I'm going through the labored process of loading the ISO and going through the normal motions, then windows updates.   I know how to do a MDT setup for physical pc's and servers, which I can probably adapt but this is a virtual setup.  Any good practice Virtual shortcuts to create a Guest OS template out there??  anyone?? please
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Hello, I'm relatively new to VMware and vsphere client.  Every time I want to spin up a new disk, I'm going through the labored process of loading the ISO and going through the normal motions, then windows updates.

Yes, that is time consuming and there are quicker methods....Do you have vCenter Server, which allows the creation of a golden master, which you can capture as a Golden Master/Template, and then deploy that template, which then will go through the Unattended Bit Answer file, and join to domain ?

vCenter Server is the Licensed Management Server, which is not free, and cannot be used with FREE ESXi.

Otherwise, you are correct you could use MDT to deploy a ready made captured image, with all the Windows Updates to a virtual machine, because it supports PXE boot.

OR, a poor mans' method is as follows....create a new virtual machine, as you want it, with the Windows Updates, and then manually clone, and sysprep.

see my EE Article, step by step tutorial with screenshots

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0

see my EE Article
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Joe GIT personalAuthor Commented:
I was afraid of that.  Thank you.  I'll go the clone and sysprep.
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