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How to safely clone a Server 2008 DC in VMWare from ESX to another ESX

Due to storage space and other issues, I need to move a Server 2008 64bit Domain Controller (production) from one ESX box to another. I want to clone it, and not bring over any snapshot files in the move if at all possible. What do I need to worry about as far as the snapshot files? Also, is there anything special I have to do for the domain controller to come up and function properly once cloned? Ex. sids?
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nappy_dCommented:
Do you have VC(Virtual Center)?  If not you can you use vmware converter to make a clone of the guest as it supports hot cloning.  http://www.vmware.com/converter
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65tdCommented:
Are there snap shots of the DC now?

Can the ESX hosts see each other ?

If move a VM between datastores is needed one can storage vmotion the vm.

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mrh0401Author Commented:
The new ESX Host will be installed this weekend; yes, Virtual Center is in place, so we can clone from there. The Domain Controller does have 2 snapshots, one regular .vmdk snapshot, and one .vmsn snapshot file. When we clone it, do these have to come with it?
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nappy_dCommented:
no they do not move with your clone.
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mrh0401Author Commented:
Would they move if the box is migrated?
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nappy_dCommented:
Move from where?
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mrh0401Author Commented:
If the VM is migrated, will the snapshots carry over to the new location?
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nappy_dCommented:
No they will not.  You should commit your snapshots ahead of time.  Be warned you do take a performance hit by keeping snapshots around.  The snapshot are meant to be temporary and not kept around for weeks or months.
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