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.

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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When you clone a virtual machine, you create a copy of an existing virtual machine.

2

Select the virtual machine to clone.

3

When you deploy a virtual machine to the vCenter Server inventory, you name it and select the folder where it will be located.

4

When you deploy a virtual machine, select the host, cluster, vApp, or resource pool in which the virtual machine will run.

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When you add a virtual machine to the vCenter Server inventory, you must select the datastore on which to create the virtual machine's disks.

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When you clone a virtual machine or deploy a virtual machine from a template, you can customize the guest operating system of the virtual machine to change properties such as the computer name, network settings, and license settings.

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Before you deploy a new virtual machine, you have the option to configure the virtual hardware.

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