vSphere standalone eval has no cloning or template options
I know this might just be me being stupid but I was surprised today to notice that a single ESX 4.0 host in Eval mode does not support Cloning or Templates. I hardly ever work with standalone hosts so it might be common knowledge but it still hit me weird. While in Eval mode every feature is opened up for testing, but I guess VMware feels that cloning is a vCenter feature. All I wanted to do is load in some templates for a client while the rest of the infrastructure is being built and was shocked by the missing option.
So a quick setup of vCenter server in a VM and I was rocking again. So if you ever have a Senior moment like I did today maybe this will help you.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design