I am looking at ESXi (the freebie) and want to know the best way of creating an image of a server. Lets say I have a folder in my datastore called "W2k3 base image". I want to create a virtual server using that base image and also have it contained in it's own folder (all the relevant files, .vmx, vmdk, etc)
At the moment, I tell the wizard where I want to look for the VMDK file of my W2k3 base image and it will create a new folder with all the relevant files in a new folder depending on what I call my new VM except for the VMDK file which still sits in the "W2k3 base image" as I would expect. But I don't want that.
Or failing an easy way, how do I tell my VM to look for a VMDK file in a different location? If I could do that, I could copy all the relevant files across to new folder and just point the VM towards the new VMDK file in it's VM named folder.
I have not had time to do much reading up on VMware, but just trying to suss things out at the moment and would appreciate some help.
Hope that makes sense. Thanks