How to Import VMware Templates
Updated: November 1, 2013
Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager
You can use the following procedure to import a VMware template into the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) library.
When you import a VMware template to the VMM library, the .vmdk file is no longer copied to the library. Instead, VMM only copies the metadata that is associated with the template. Therefore, there is now a dependency on the VMware template on the vCenter Server. For more information about the new template behavior in VMM, see the “Key Differences in VMware ESX Management from VMM 2008 R2” section of the topic Managing VMware ESX Hosts Overview.
To complete this procedure, a VMware template must exist, and you must make sure that the VMware vCenter Server where the template resides is under VMM management. For more information, see How to Add a VMware vCenter Server to VMM.
|You cannot install VMware Tools through VMM. Therefore, we recommend that you install the tools for Windows-based guest operating systems on the virtual machine before you use vCenter Server to create the template.|
To import a template from vCenter Server
Open the Library workspace.
On the Home tab, in the Import group, click Import VMware Template.
In the Import VMware Templates dialog box, select the check box next to each VMware template that you want to import, and then click OK.
To verify that the template was added, in the Library pane, expand Templates, and then click VM Templates.
In the Templates pane, verify that the template appears.
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