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Is it possible to create a number of windows VMs from a template e.g. 15. I was going to create one VM without IP address etc and just clone it 15 times then configure the ip addresses, is there an easier quicker method.

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I don't understand the close votes. It's a totally valid question. The downvotes do express the fact that this is a basic VMware feature and shows no research effort, though. –  mfinni May 21 at 14:19
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Let me google this for you: google.ch/#q=vmware+template –  MichelZ May 21 at 14:20
    
@mfinni: There's only one close vote yet as far as I can see, and that's "unclear what you're asking". If you refer to the downvote: The question does not show any research effort, as my google search for "vmware template" reveals hundreds of hits for exactly this question... –  MichelZ May 21 at 14:21
    
Yup, agree on the downvotes. –  mfinni May 21 at 14:31
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vCenter Orchestrator. That's how I do it, anyway. –  Tom O'Connor May 21 at 15:56

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Yes, that's exactly what templates are for. Don't do this via cloning a VM 15 times- make a new VM (or clone one), convert that into a template, and then create the VMs from the template.

You could even script it with vSphere PowerCLI and assign the IPs and machine names that way.

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Yes. It's called template and you can clone it.

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I am aware of that as I already mentioned in the question the basic method of using templates, instead of jumping quickly to answer please read the question, using v Center Orchestrator, as mentioned by Tom is the correct way to bulk create vm's. –  JJJJNR May 22 at 7:34
    
Well, I basically said the same as @mfinni.. and his answer got 2 votes + a "right answer"... ? –  MichelZ May 22 at 7:40
    
He's incorrect, how is bulk creation a basic feature of vmware, when its not available until you install an additional feature. –  JJJJNR May 22 at 7:48
    
I wouldn't call creating 15 VM's "bulk creation". Also, you still accepted @mfinni's answer. –  MichelZ May 22 at 7:49
    
he mentioned that you can script this, which again, not basic, however is useful. I'll leave the answer with Tom. –  JJJJNR May 22 at 7:55

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