VMware Template unable to Convert to Virtual Machine

Sometimes the following will happen:

You have a couple of templates and want to update them, you right click the VMware Template and the option to convert to Virtual Machine is grayed out. In this case it was a VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5U2 environment.

Also the Rename and other options are grayed out. How to solve this issue?

Try to deploy a virtual machine from this template. After you successful deployment the options are available again. Strange, but in my case it works..

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Marco works for ViaData as a Senior Technical Consultant. He has over 15 years experience as a system engineer and consultant, specialized in virtualization. VMware VCP4, VCP5-DC & VCP5-DT. VMware vExpert 2013, 2014,2015 & 2016. Microsoft MCSE & MCITP Enterprise Administrator. Veeam VMSP, VMTSP & VMCE.