Virtual Machine Templates for Parallels Server 4.0 for Mac
Templates are pre-configured environments that can be easily deployed to a virtual machine through the management interfaces. Virtual Machine Templates include a virtual server configuration as well as a base operating system. This allows companies to harden or pre-configure operating systems once and use that environment over and over improving consistency & compliance across the company. A template may also include different software packages and configurations.
A popular example of a Virtual Machine Template is a developer environment. In this example, an organization create as standard template for Web development that includes all of the tools and applications needed in the "stack" to enable the developer to perform his work. The template can be created once and stored in the management console. From that point forward, every time a new developer environment is to be provisioned, the template is applied to a virtual machine. The environment is fully configured and ready for use nearly instantly.