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VMware vCenter Cloning Windows 2008 r2 Server with Mulitiple IP Addresses on two Adapters

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I need to clone or move a Windows 2008 r2 Server from one ESXi4.1 host to another ESXi5.0 Host. I have done this with other machines successfully; however, this particular machine has multiple IP Addresses on it. It has 4 public IP Addresses on one adapter and 1 IP Address on the other adapter.

So 2 adapters and 5 IP Addresses total.

So, I shutdown the VM and then use vCenter to clone the machine from its ESXi4.1 host to its new ESXi5 host. This has worked on other machines, but it's not working on this machine. Note: once the clone is sucessful, I will not need the original machine. I'm only keeping it for fall back reasons in case the cloned/moved machine does not work. So I'm not doing any SID changing. So, when I bring up the cloned VM it loses all of its manual IP Address settings and brings up a 169.x.x.x IP Address, the good old defalut IP Address that we've all seen.

Is there something I can do to preserve the original IP Addresses without having to input them manually? I have aboout 10 machines configured this way, so I'd rather not have to input the IP Addresses manually. Anyone out there know about cloning with multiple IP Addresses?
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CLONE, or using VMware Converter, is likely to change the Mac addresses on the NICs, and assign new NICs.

I would use either the following article to COPY [CLONE] the VM, or use Veeam FastSCP ot Datastore Browser to Copy the VM, maintaining the original VMX file.

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0

1. Veeam FastSCP (http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html)

Fast Virtual Machine / File Transfer. Faster than WinSCP and other SCP-based tools as it uses full network capacity. The Veeam FastSCP engine also features traffic compression and empty block removal for best file copy performance.

You can use FastSCP to connect to the ESX/ESXi server, and download the entire virtual machine folder/directory to the current workstation or server, where yov've connected from. You must ensure that the virtual machines are powered off to complete this operation.

2. Datastore browser

The datastore browser is included in the vSphere GUI Client, and enables you access to the datastore, virtual machines are stored on. You can simple use the cut and paste, or download/upload options to backup and restore virtual machines. Again to copy a virtual machine, the virtual machine must be powered off.

Restoring with options 1 and 2, above, you must add the Virtual Machine manually to the inventory, by selecting the vmx file in the datastore browser, right click on the *.vmx file, and select "Add to Inventory".
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I'm have problems trying to get Veeam FastSCP version 3.0 to work on my Windows Server 2008 r2 machine. So, I haven't tried the FastSCP method yet.

However, I did try browsing to the datastore and copying the entire folder to the new location, and my VM lost all of its IP Addresses again. I tried both methods when prompted, choosing Moved or Copied, and neither would keep my IP Addresses.
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Although, hanccocka provided useful cloning information, I was not able to keep my NIC configurations and I had to manually add the IP Address stuff.
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