Copying a template

Copying a template is a powerful action in Skytap. With just a few clicks, you can quickly copy an entire, complex template, including the VMs, networks, and template settings. If you need to work with templates in multiple regions, you can easily copy the template to each region.

By default, the copied template is placed in the same region as the source (original). To copy a template to another Skytap region, see Copying a template to another region.

After you’ve copied a template, changes to the copied template don’t affect the source template. The source and copy are unlinked, separate resources.


Copying a template in the same region

  1. From the navigation bar, click Environments. Click the Templates tab.
  2. Click options (More options) next to the template you want to copy. copy
  3. Click Copy Template.
  4. The Copy Template window displays. The current region is selected as the Destination Region. To copy to another region, see Copying a template to another region. Copy Template Window


  5. Click Copy.
  6. The detail page for the new template displays, but you can’t interact with it until the process is complete.
    • If you leave the copy page or sign out of Skytap, the copy process continues automatically. sends you an email when the copy process is complete.
    • Generally, copying an environment in the same region is faster than copying an environment across regions. For more information, see What to expect when you copy an environment or template.

Changes to a template during the copy process

For the most part, a copied template is a duplicate of the original. Almost all of the template settings (notes, labels, etc.), VM settings (MAC addresses, hostnames, CPUs, storage, etc.), and network settings (network subnet, gateway IP address, etc.) remain the same.

There are only a few places where the copy differs from the original. For templates, these changes are visible when you create a new environment from the copied template.


Change to copied template

Published services

Skytap creates a new published service that maps the same internal port to a new external port address.

For example:

Port 80 open at

changes to:

Port 80 open at

Sharing portals

Skytap creates sharing portals for the new environment with the same settings and new, unique access links.

Public IPs

  • Static public IPs: The VM in the new environment has the same public IP address attached to it. When the same static public IP address is attached to multiple VMs, only one of these VMs can run at a time.
  • Dynamic public IPs with DNS: Skytap automatically generates a new, unique domain name for the VM in the new environment. When the VM is run, Skytap automatically deploys an available public IP address.

Canceling a copy operation

To cancel the copy operation, click Delete on the right side of the progress bar.