Using cloud templates

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Overview

Cloud templates are virtual machine templates based on Microsoft Windows Server, used by Workspaces to create the Default App Template and Default Desktop Template for new workspaces.

Every cloud in Workspaces includes a default cloud template, also known as a Windows Image. This image contains the default applications that will be available on App Templates and Desktop Templates.

When and why you need cloud templates

When you modify a cloud template, the Default App Templates and Default Desktop Templates on any workspace created after that will reflect the changes you performed on the cloud template.

Since cloud templates impact all subsequently created workspaces, you should only modify cloud templates when you want multiple future workspaces to inherit the same Default App and Desktop Template configuration.

Use case

As a Service Provider, you manage multiple workspaces. Your current cloud template uses a standard Microsoft Windows Server operating system with no custom applications installed.

Due to new business requirements, new customers that you onboard will need Application A, Application B and Application C installed on their Default App Templates.

Instead of modifying the Default App Template for each workspace, you can install Application A, Application B and Application C on your cloud template. Once you do this, the Default App Template on all your future workspaces will include the three required applications by default.

Using a cloud template to implement workspace-wide changes to your App Templates saves a lot of administration time and effort, giving you more time to focus on more important aspects of your business.

Importing cloud templates

Depending on your business needs, you might require a cloud template with specific applications installed on it, created from outside Workspaces. Luckily, you can import your own cloud templates.

Before you import a cloud template, copy the template in a VMware compatible format (VMDK) onto one of your cloud's data stores.

Then, follow the steps below to import it into Workspaces.

  1. Log in to your Neverfail Workspaces account.
  2. Go to Clouds -> Templates.
  3. Click Import Template.
  4. Enter a suggestive name and description for your new template. This name will help you identify the template within Workspaces.
  5. Select the data store that your template resides on.
  6. Select the template that you want to import.
  7. Click Import.

That's it! After the import process finishes, you'll see the new cloud template in the template list.

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