ESXi 4.0: Poor Man’s Template?

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    I need to figure a way to clone machines using ESXi 4.0 which (to my knowledge) does not have the ability to create templates.

    I tried VMWare converter on the running VM and ended up with a system that wouldn’t boot so I’m assuming that that isn’t the way to go. I’ve also tried copying the VM using the datastore browser and that didn’t work (Wouldn’t even start).

    I’m sure I could use something like Acronis to image the system (I heard it can also create VM’s but never tried it beyond a straightforward backup utility) and I could probably create a blank VM then attach to a Ghost floppy image and attach the main drive of the “template” system.

    Actually (being a dinosaur i.e. a bit ancient) that last rather appeals to me since I know I can vary the size of the base VM partition using Ghost.

    Any other suggestions?


    p.s. just out of curiosity, how much would it cost me to buy a virtual centre licenses (I believe that gives you the ability to create templates yes)? What other benefits would I get?

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