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If I have a production server in a esx 4 cluster.  How can I make just a copy of a single server  and import it into maybe a vmware workstation for testing changes on it, also without disrupting the production version of the server and keeping the production server online.

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VMWare convertor would do that for you - but obviously caution needs to be exercised when you put into VMWare Workstation with regards to network/IP/active directory etc.
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Ok, so it would just make a copy of it to like a file type, .vmdk?   Also, it would leave the server on esx 4 functioning and not disrupted?  Also, I believe I could rename and re-ip it once I import the copy to vmware workstation.
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Just checked and VMWare Workstation has the option to import directly from an ESX server.  I can't test it as I'm no where near my ESX farm but if you provide the server details, it should convert it and import it at the same time.
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Cool, thanks.  Also doing it this way wouldnt cause any issue for the one in esx?  It would just really make a copy on the workstation of it, right?
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correct Jack...it takes a copy and no harm should come to the live running server.

when it's in VMWare workstation - make sure you issolate the network before you power it on.
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