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vmware: you cannot make a clone of a shared or remote virtual machine

Posted on 2012-12-29
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I am new to vmware but I like it so far.  I have a server loaded with esx4 and I would like to clone a vm.  Even with the vm powered off and sharing disabled, it launches the wizard and says:

you cannot make a clone of a shared or remote virtual machine

Is this because I am using VMWare Workstation 8 on my local pc and connecteing to the esx host and it is then considered a remote connection?  Do I have to create a vm to just run this program and then it will be considered local?

I just want a way to make clones.

Thanks

TJ
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 300 total points
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You can CLONE a Live VM (powered ON), but you need to be using the vSphere Client connected to vCenter Server

You are also better off using the .vSphere Client cobnnected to the ESXi server, than VMware Workstation 8.0, which is limited in what it can manage.

See my EE Article with steps to Clone/Copy a VM

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0
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I was unable to copy the snapshot files but I could download them to my pc and upload to the new directory.  Thanks for the help!
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