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Can Cloning a VM with SysPrep make a good Template or Golden Image

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I need to deploy   5 servers with a similar configuration from one specific VM running Windows 2012 R2.  Which of the following  is recommended  to  avoid issues in future.

1.Create  a Clone, Run SysPrep (to ensure the SSID & GUID is different) and convert the cloned copy into a Template.
2. Use the newly created Template (from 1.) to   create 5 new servers (of course will be using the VMware SysPrep Tool).
3. Will be using this Template (Golden Image) for future use too.

OR

4. Create 5 new  Clones from the existing  VM and run the SysPrep tool on each of the newly created 5 cloned VMs.

Any other advise.

Thank you.
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