This is a multi-part series about the automation of VMware vSphere template builds. A template is a pre-installed virtual machine that acts as master image for cloning virtual machines from it. In this series I am describing how to get started on automating the process. As I am writing these blog post while working on the implementation some aspects may seem “rough around the edges".
Update from 2020-01-11 below
Recently another TAM requested some infos on this topic in VMware’s slack, finally giving me the push to publish as I had this post for ages in my drafts. Given, it is somewhat of an edge case for only a hand full of customers and the problem itself is not new but here is my take. As always please do your own research before you put this untested into production.