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Create an image template

An image template stores the list of layers to include in the published layered image, along with a layer icon and description.

You can create image templates to publish layered images to your target platform where you can then use the layered image to provision servers on your chosen publishing platform. You can easily edit an image template and use it to publish new versions of your layered images.


To create an image template you need:

  • OS layer
  • Platform layer
    • Needed for publishing layered images, except when publishing to Azure. Alhough, if you are in Azure publishing layered images to MCS, you need a Platform layer.

Important: The Platform layer must have the same hardware settings as the OS layer. You choose these settings when deploying the virtual machine for the OS and Platform layers.

  • App layers (Optional)
    • You are not required to include App layers when you create an image template.
    • You can add App layers to an image template and then re-publish your layered images at any time.

You can create an image template without App layers. This is useful for testing your OS layer before using it to create App layers.

Create the image template

To create an image template:

  1. In the App Layering management console, select the Images module, then click Create Template. This opens the Create Template wizard.

  2. In the Name and Description tab, enter a Name for the template and notes in the Description field, so you can identify the template when choosing one for publishing a layered image.

  3. In the OS layer tab, select one of the Available OS Layers. If there is more than one layer version, the most recent version is selected by default. You can choose an older version by expanding the layer and choosing a different one.

  4. In the App Assignment tab, select the App Layers to include in the layered images that you publish using this template.

  5. In the Connector tab, choose a Connector Configuration for the platform where you are creating this layer. If the configuration you need isn’t listed, select New to add a connector configuration.

  6. In the Platform layer tab, select a Platform layer with the tools and hardware settings that you need to publish layered images to your environment.

  7. On the Layered Image Disk page, edit the following fields, as needed:

    • (Optional) Layered Image Disk File name. Enter a name for the layered image disk.
    • Layered Image Disk Size. The default disk size of 100 GB is recommended.
    • Layered Image Disk Format. The default disk format is VHD, but you can also select VMDK or QCOW2.
    • Elastic Layering - Select the Application Layering option to activate Elastic Layering on this layered image.
    • User Layer- When enabled in System Settings, you can select Full User layers (currently a Labs feature), or the Office 365 option.  Choose the Full option to save the settings and data for users independent of specific applications. Choose Office 365 to save the settings and data for Outlook 365.
  8. On the Confirm and Complete tab, enter any comments you would like for this layer, and click Create Template.

The new template icon appears in the Images module.

Next step

You can now use the image template to Publish layered images from image template

Create an image template