When cloning a VM using a template , you can make a customized VM , such as changing hostname , IP address , timezone from an original VM.
ESXi 5.0.0 , 623860
original VM : CentOS 5.5 32bit
connect to a vcenter ( not ESXi )
Home -> Customization Specifications Manager
Click “new” to make a template
enter info such as hostname , IP address ( static or DHCP ) etc.
select an original VM -> right click -> clone
choose the template file you created
You also make a customized clone VM from a template VM.
- prepare an original VM
- convert the original VM to a template VM
- make template with Customization Specifications Manager
- make a clone VM from the template VM and customize a clone VM using the template which you created with Customization Specifications Manager.