How to Create an Updated Service Template in VMM


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

To update a deployed service in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), you must first make a copy of the service template on which the deployed service is based. After you have made a copy of the service template, you will need to provide a new release value for the service template and you will need to make the necessary updates to the service template.

Use the following procedure to copy a service template for the purpose of updating an existing service.

To create an updated service template

  1. In the VMM console, open the Library workspace, expand the Templates node, and then click Service Templates.

  2. In the Templates pane that lists the available service templates, select the service template that you want to copy.


    When you select a service template, the detail pane displays the services that have been deployed using that service template.

  3. On the Service Template tab, in the Create group, click Copy.

    A copy of the service template is made and appears in the Templates pane. The new service template has the same name as the service template that you copied, but the release value is set to "Copy of <original release value>." For example, if the original service template had a release value of 1.0, the release value of the new service template would be Copy of 1.0.

  4. In the Templates pane, right-click the new service template, and then click Properties.

  5. In the Properties dialog box, on the General page, enter a new release value (for example, type 2.0), and then click OK.

At this point, make the necessary updates to the new service template by using the Service Template Designer. For more information about configuring a service template, see Creating Service Templates in VMM.


If you are working in the Service Template Designer and you try to save changes to a service template that is being used as the basis for a deployed service, you will be prompted to save the service template with a new release value.