The purpose of this document is to illustrate the steps to create a VMware Windows 2012 Template that can be used with UCS Director Workflows. It is important to note that if you cannot successfully deploy a VM Using Guest Customization directly from vCenter, you will not be able to deploy it using UCS Director. UCS Director does not magically fix a flaky VMware Template. Creating a Windows 2012 R2 Template while ensuring Guest customization will work appropriately can be a daunting task to say the least. I suggest following this guide exactly to a T for your first deployment to build your confidence and then tweak things to see what works and what doesn’t.
This was created and tested by Sam Fontenot and Orf Gelbrich on vCenter 5.1 Update 3 and vCenter 5.5. The template was then used for deployment in UCSD (18.104.22.168A and 22.214.171.124 with IBM patch)