Clone Windows 2008 or Windows 7 with vCenter

Posted on 2014-08-26
Last Modified: 2014-09-30
Does the clone option take place of sysprep?  What is the recommended method of cloning a Windows 2008 server or a Windows 7 workstation using vCenter?
Question by:NytroZ
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    The CLONE operation just creates a CLONE of the virtual machine configuration (VMX) and virtual machine disk. (VMDK), and it then changes it's MAC Address. It does not replace Sysprep, Cloning and Sysprep are different functions.

    There is an Option, in Guest Customization to enable Sysprep, which Sysprep's the image.

    If performing a CLONE of a Windows Machine, Microsoft recommends you run Sysprep on the Image/Clone.

    You can either do this manually or part of the CLONE Process.

    Also have a read of this Article....
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    Clone does not do any guest customization.

    My suggestion would be to create a template (perhaps by cloning your active machine and converting the clone to a template).

    Deploying a VM from a template gives you the option to perform guest customization, including creating a new SID.
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    hi guys,
    VmWare have a tool to do this, it easy just install the APP to convert any phisicall machine in to a virtual machine

    you can conect direct the machine to the your laptop were u have the app and typping the IP to get access and just follow the steps.

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