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copy-on-write and cloning templates

So, I can't get my head around copy-on-write and cloning templates and I'd hate to delete something important.

I have an antlet (which is also a template).  It has a virtual drive (an external hdd).

If I clone this instance, I get a duplicate machine -- files and all.

Then, I start adding files/removing files from machine #2, but machine #1 is unchanged.  So I guess it's keep a "copy" of things that are changed (added/deleted) and for files that are the same, they are "shared" between the VMs?

What happens if I delete the "template" for this machine? (It was created when I created machine #1).

What if I delete both machines?

Seems like witchcraft...

FYI I think I found my answer here:

https://antsle.com/forum/topic/renaming-an-antlet-via-cloning-and-promoting/

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