Cloning a virtual machine creates a virtual machine that is a copy of the original. The new virtual machine is configured with the same virtual hardware, installed software, and other properties that were configured for the original virtual machine.

Note

When heavily loaded applications, such as load generators, are running in the guest operating system during a clone operation, the virtual machine quiesce operation can fail and VMware Tools might be denied CPU resources and time out. It is recommended that you quiesce the virtual machines running lower I/O disk operation.

If a load generator is running in the virtual machine, stop it before you perform the clone operation.

You must have the following privileges to clone a virtual machine:

Virtual machine.Provisioning.Clone virtual machine on the virtual machine you are cloning.

Virtual machine .Inventory.Create from existing on the datacenter or virtual machine folder.

Virtual machine.Configuration.Add new disk on the datacenter or virtual machine folder.

Resource.Assign virtual machine to resource pool on the destination host, cluster, or resource pool.

Datastore.Allocate space on the destination datastore or datastore folder.

Network.Assign network on the network to which the virtual machine will be assigned.

Virtual machine.Provisioning.Customize on the virtual machine or virtual machine folder if you are customizing the guest operating system.

Virtual machine.Provisioning.Read customization specifications on the root vCenter Server if you are customizing the guest operating system.

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To make an original copy of a virtual machine, you can clone an existing virtual machine. You can open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine. You can also open the wizard directly from the virtual machine that you are going to clone.

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You select a virtual machine to clone, and you can optionally select to customize the guest operating system and the virtual machine hardware. You can also select to turn on the virtual machine when you complete the creation procedure. You can change the properties of the guest operating system, such as the computer name, and network and license settings, which helps prevent conflicts that can result if virtual machines with identical settings are deployed. You can add a CD device such as an ISO file to install the guest operating system, or reconfigure the virtual machines' hardware, such as storage or networking, before you deploy the virtual machine.

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When you create a virtual machine, you provide a unique name for it. The unique name distinguishes it from existing virtual machines in the virtual machine folder or datacenter. The name can contain up to 80 characters. You can select a datacenter or folder location for the virtual machine, depending on your organizational needs.

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When you deploy a virtual machine, you select the host, cluster, vApp, or resource pool for the virtual machine to run in. The virtual machine will have access to the resources of the selected object.

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Select the datastore or datastore cluster in which to store the virtual machine configuration files and all of the virtual disks. Each datastore might have a different size, speed, availability, and other properties. The available datastores are accessible from the destination resource that you selected. You can select a format for the virtual machine's disks and assign a storage policy.

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You can optionally select to customize the guest operating system, customize the virtual machine's hardware, and turn on the virtual machine when you complete the creation procedure. You can customize the guest operating system to change properties, such as the computer name, and network and license settings, which helps prevent conflicts that can result if you deploy virtual machines with identical settings. You can add a CD device such as an ISO file to install the guest operating system or you can reconfigure the virtual machine storage or networking, before you deploy the virtual machine.

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When you customize a guest operating system, you can prevent conflicts that might result if you deploy virtual machines with identical settings, such as duplicate computer names. You can change the computer name, network settings, and license settings. You can customize guest operating systems when you clone a virtual machine or deploy a virtual machine from a template.

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In the User Settings screen, you can enter the NetBIOS name and configure the network settings of the virtual machine.

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Before you deploy a new virtual machine, you have the option to configure the virtual hardware. When you create a virtual machine, the virtual disk is selected by default. You can use the New device drop-down menu on the Customize Hardware page to add a new hard disk, select an existing disk, or add an RDM disk.

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Before you deploy the virtual machine, you can review the virtual machine settings.