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clone the lab on my laptop and recreate the lab on the other laptop

Posted on 2014-12-30
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Hello,
I was wondering what is the easiest way to copy vmware lab from one laptop to another one. I am using VMware Workstation 10 and have about 8 servers in my lab (DNS, DHCP, etc. I just bought a new laptop and want to recreate the lab. Will I need the product keys for the servers? Do I just clone each VM and try recreating them on my other laptop after I install VMware workstation 10? Could you please be as detailed as possible of how to recreate VMs on another host machine.


Thank you so much.
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John Hurst earned 167 total points
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You could try the following for VMware Workstation:

Copy the VM folders from one machine to the other machine. Use wired Ethernet connection for this.

When you open the VM on the new machine, answer that you "moved" the machine. It should work. Assuming it does, delete the machines on the first machine.

If you wish to use the servers on both machines, you need additional licenses.
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by:NVIT
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The simplest may be to basically:
1. Install workstation on the other station.
2. Copy the vms to other station. http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2030609
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 166 total points
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Just copy the ALL the files and folders at the OS Level, do not use CLONE, as this will change the hardware.

and then Open each VMX file in each folder to register with the new version of VMware Workstation, and then.....

see my EE Article, and you will understand what to Answer! When prompted with the Question!

HOW TO: Select the right answer to "I Moved It" or "I Copied It" in VMware vSphere (ESXi)
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by:creative555
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Oh. Thank you so much!!! Copying now and will post once I verify that it is working :)
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by:John Hurst
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Let us know please. ALL of us above have said to Copy the folders rather than clone.
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Do I need to shut down all my VMS?
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by:John Hurst
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YES. To copy the Folders with the VMDK (VM Machine) files, they need to be shut down (This is VMware Workstation).
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YES,otherwise they will be locked, and you will not be able to copy!
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Thank you all for the solution!
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Glad to help, creative555.
Happy New Year!
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@creative555  - You are most welcome and I was happy to help along with the other experts here.
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@All...

Prosperous EE New Year ALL!
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