You can copy a virtual machine or vApp from one cloud to another. You must power off the virtual machine or vApp before you copy it.

When you copy to a vSphere cloud, ensure that the destination host has a Standard Virtual Switch with a VM Network port group defined.

You can start multiple copy tasks at the same time. The tasks are executed concurrently. A maximum of 5 concurrent copy tasks are allowed for on-premise nodes, that is, on-premise clouds. If either the source or destination cloud is on premise and already has 5 copy tasks running concurrently, you cannot copy. This concurrent copy task limit does not apply to public clouds. See "Maximum Number of Concurrent Copies" in How Objects are Copied for more information.

See How Objects are Copied for more information about the Copy command.

Note

From a vCloud Director cloud, you can only copy vApps. You cannot copy individual virtual machines.

Note

You cannot copy objects that have an ISO file attached.

Ensure that the destination host has a Standard Virtual Switch with a VM Network port group defined.

If you are copying from a vCloud Director-based cloud, you need a catalog for which you have write permissions in the source cloud. This catalog is used to store a temporary vApp template.

Increase the staging storage for the vCloud Connector nodes associated with the source and destination clouds. Staging storage equal to or greater than the size of the object you are copying is recommended. See "Configure vCloud Connector Node Allocated Storage" in Installing and Configuring vCloud Connector for more information.

Ensure that the object you are copying does not have an ISO file attached.

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In the Browser panel on the left, expand the Clouds tree and select the cloud that contains the virtual machine or vApp that you want to copy.

The Inventory panel displays all the contents of the cloud. You can narrow the results by using Search or by expanding the cloud hierarchy further in the Browser panel and selecting a sub-folder.

2

In the Inventory panel, click the vApps or Virtual Machines tab and select the item you want to copy.

Note

From a vCloud Director cloud, you can only copy vApps. You cannot copy individual virtual machines.

3

If the virtual machine or vApp is powered on, click the Power Off icon at the top of the panel to power it off. If it is suspended, click the Resume icon and then the Power Off icon to power it off.

4

Click the Copy icon at the top of the panel.

The Copy wizard appears.

5

If you are copying from a vCloud Director cloud, in the Select a catalog page, select a catalog in which to store a temporary vApp template, then click Next. You must have write permissions for the catalog.

The temporary vApp template will be deleted after the vApp is copied.

The Select a catalog page does not appear if you are copying from a vSphere cloud.

6

Select the destination cloud for the virtual machine or vApp.

7

Type a name for the virtual machine or vApp. If you do not specify a name, the default name is the name of the source virtual machine or vApp with the prefix Copy of.

Note

You cannot use the following characters in the name: % . # & < >

Note

Do not use a backslash (\) or double quotes (") character in the destination name.

8

Select the destination folder, then click Next.

9

Select a cluster, host, vApp, or resource pool in which to store the item, then click Next.

10

Select a virtual disk format and a datastore, then click Next.

11

If you want to power on the virtual machine or vApp after you deploy it, select the Power on VM/vApp after deployment option, then click Next.

12

In the Ready to Complete page, review your selections.

Note

All selections except the transfer mode are made in the Copy wizard. The transfer mode is HTTP, HTTPS, or UDT and is determined by the options configured in the source and destination vCloud Connector nodes. See Installing and Configuring vCloud Connector for more information.

13

Click Validate for a pre-check of your copy selections and configurations.

Warnings or errors found are displayed at the top of the page.

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Make the required changes.

If only warnings were found, you can proceed with copy. However, resolving the issues helps you avoid copy failures.

If errors were found, you must resolve them before you can proceed with copy.

See also Copy Validation.

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Click Finish.

To monitor the progress of your copy, see the Tasks panel on the right. A copy task appears. Place your cursor over the task to view detailed, up-to-date data transfer status. See Monitor Copy Tasks for more information.

The virtual machine or vApp is copied. You might need to reload the destination cloud to see the copied virtual machine or vApp.