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Clone vm in esxi

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Hello Experts,

I am using esxi 4.0, i created one vm using vshere client. I would like to know how to clone vm in esxi server. Please suggest.
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The best/most easiest way to to create another VM using vCenter Converter Standalone:
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=converter&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS398US398&q=vCenter%20Converter

Another option is to download vCenter as a trial and make a clone via vCenter Server. Or, you can use an SCP program like Veeam (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html) and simple copy the whole VM folder to a location of your choosing.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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BTW...All my suggestions are under the assumption you have free ESXi (now referred to as vSphere Hypervisor)?

If you have a paid version, you should have vCenter Server and can simply right-click on the VM and select 'Clone', which will then walk you through a Clone wizard.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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by:sudhirgoogle
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I am using free ESXi. Cloning VMs cann't be done using Vsphere client ??
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No; cloning is a vCenter Server 'feature', not vSphere Client nor ESX/ESXi. You have to use 1 of the methods I mention above.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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sorry for the delay. I tried copying using veeam software, but it failed saying error coping a file(delta). so i truned off the vm giving a try again. I  will update you shortly.
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by:sudhirgoogle
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I successfully copied VM folder to another folder using veeam. Now how do i switch on the copied VM from Vsphere client.
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Login with vSphere Client. Browse to the folder of the VM and look for the .vmx file. Right-click on it and select 'Add to Inventory'.

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thanks for your solution, your solution worked for me. definitely  I will award you the points. but also , I am curious to know how to clone using Vcenter converter software. Can you please share some knowledge on cloning using vcenter converter ??

Thanks in advance.
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What you do with vCenter Converter Standalone is basically create a new VM. That's what you're also doing within vCenter Server, but with the Converter, you have the VM you want to 'clone' powered on, then use the Converter tool to go through the Conversion wizard to create basically the same VM; name it the same, give it the same resources, but place it on a different datastore maybe. That's pretty much it. :)

Regards,
~coolsport00
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Excellent Solution. I am very much satisfied.
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by:Kreativa
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Hi ~coolsport00,

Can this copy of a VM be done (with Veeam FastSCP ) while the VM is running?

Kind Regards,
Alain.
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@Kreativa - you can't use someone else's question on EE to post your own. It's against EE rules. Please post a new question.

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~coolsport00
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sorry for this.
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No worries...unless you're an active participant, etc....many don't know. It's all good. Just post a question and I (& other Experts) can get you taken care of...

Regards,
~coolsport00
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