In the virtualization world, virtual machine template (as know as virtual machine image) is a big feature. It allows users to quickly deploy a new virtual machine without the steps to install a new operating system and other software. Because of this feature, we start to have a new problem with too many (unused or useless) virtual machines. But this is a separate topic that deserves its own discussion.
My colleagues and I had a discussion regarding the vApp template. After virtual machine template for virtual machine, you would expect vApp template for vApp and manage it in a similar way from the vSphere Client. But you cannot.
Most of us know that from vSphere Client, you have context menu item allowing you to convert a virtual machine to a template easily with a click. However you cannot find a similar menu item with a vApp. You can choose to convert a virtual machine inside a vApp, but then the converted template will jump out of the vApp container.
Can we have vApp template? The answer is we can, but in a different way.