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".
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.