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vmWare ESXi clone virtual machine.

Hello and thank you for your time.

I just created a new virtual machine (WIN7 PRO x86) in ESXi.
I now need to create several clones of the machine.
I googled the issue and found tons of ways to do it.
So far none have worked.

I went to datastore, created new folder and copied the vmx and vmdk files as per article I found.
I then registered the vmx. I attempted to boot the machine I a keep on getting errors.

Can someone please provide me with a way to clone the machines that works.. :)

Many thanks in advance.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you do not have vCenter Server, although you can download a trial for 60 days, to use the Clone Feature.

otherwise the other method is to use a P2V

Download VMware vCenter Converter here

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide

If you have issues, you may want to consult the following guides

Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

Best Practice Video Guide here

@paulsolov fellow EE Expert has suggested the following method:-

"If all else fails do the following as it has helped me over a hundred times when converter fails

1.  Download trial copy of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery
2.  Install and take an image of the server
3.  Use VMware Converter to convert image (it knows it natively) to a VM"

Check the video here I created earlier, and you can see the process.

Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
1. whats the error you are getting.
2. did you copy the vm when the vm was running.
3. are there any snapshots taken.

1. You can try exporting to machine to OVF format,rename it and then import into the esxi.
2. Browse the Datastore where the VMDK is,download it to your local machine,rename it and upload it back to the datastore,and don't forget to do a sysprep after,to eliminate the SID duplication.
Good Luck!
loshdogAuthor Commented:
Many thanks
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