We would like to create multiple VMs from the same base VMDK without the need to clone the full vmdk.
Our goal is to have one e.g. 100GB base vmdk and X derived VMs, which only store their changes to the base vmdk, e.g. ~1GB each. We want to save storage. Does templating work like this? Or does it always create a full copy of the vmdk?
We created a few VMs from the same non-persistend vmdk. The problem, when shutting them down, we lost every changes (as expected).
Can this be achieved with VMWare Essentials? Or do we need some datastore which handles duplicates?
We are beginners on VMWare, there might be an obvious solution which we have not figured out yet.