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Creating unique VM from template using manual way.

Posted on 2009-05-06
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To All VMware Expert,

Ive created a Windows Server 2003 x64 VM template which is located in my local Server datastore1, and now Im about to deploy it into my SAN-VMFS, it is around 40 GB in size and I do the copy using FastSCP which took 45 minutes to transfer the whole directory from LOCAL_VMFS to SAN_VMFS
Previously in VMWare Server 2.0,

I just need to
1.      Change the directory name and all filename into another number or name (vmws03-00 into vmws03-01 and so on&)
2.      Edit the .VMDK and .VMX to replace anything with vmws03-00 into vmws03-01
But now, the question is that should I be worry about the following entries:
1.      uuid  entries
uuid.location = "56 4d 49 a3 70 15 52 62-48 cf 27 3a 3f 33 51 29"
uuid.bios = "56 4d 49 a3 70 15 52 62-48 cf 27 3a 3f 33 51 29"

2.      ethernet0.generatedAddress (example = "00:0c:29:33:51:29")

3.      sched.swap.derivedName (example = "/vmfs/volumes/49ebf741-09b1b6f4-2132-001ec9f0c731/Win2003x64_vmws00/Win2003x64_vmws01-a0dd3982.vswp").


4.      CPU ID (example
hostCPUID.0 = "0000000a756e65476c65746e49656e69"
guestCPUID.0 = "0000000a756e65476c65746e49656e69"
userCPUID.0 = "0000000a756e65476c65746e49656e69"
hostCPUID.1 = "0001067600040800000ce3bdbfebfbff"
guestCPUID.1 = "0001067800010800000822010febfbff"
userCPUID.1 = "0001067600040800000822010febfbff"
hostCPUID.80000001 = "00000000000000000000000120100000"
guestCPUID.80000001 = "00000000000000000000000120100000"
userCPUID.80000001 = "00000000000000000000000120100000")


is there any way to automate these entry ?
thanks
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There may be an easier way to do this.  You can use vConverter to point to the old VM and provide source and destination.  From vConverter you can modify your partition sizes and name of the VM in vmware.  Once you converted the VM you can run NewSid to change SID of the VM and then change the name inside the OS to match the new name if needed.

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by:jjoz
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yes Paul, I am aware of that solution, however at the moment I am trying to get everything done by using the ESXi 3.5 u4 free version.

I wonder if that uuID and unique CPU ID needs to be customized from one to another ?
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the vConverter standalone is free and will work with any version of vmware VMs.  

Back to your point.  Once you fire up the new vm it may tell you if you want to keep or create a new UUID, in this case you want to create.  Another way around this is to copy the VMDKs to the ESXi box and create a new VM but instead of creating new VMDKs just choose to attach existing virtual disks and thus create a new UUID and the like.

My $.02
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by:jjoz
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This is just what i need :-)
Thanks Paul
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