VMware ESXi 5.5 - Snapshots can't make independant VM's. Seems different than XenCenter?

With XenCenter I could make a snapshot, load it as a separate independent VM, and start it up and do my testing.

With VMware ESXi 5.5 (free), snapshots seem to be "snapshots" only. I can only go back into time, not create a separate but identical copy.

Am I missing something or need to pay money? Why cant I make a clone a like XenCenter does?

Thank you,
HappyT
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This is correct. (vCenter Server = XenCenter)

A snapshot is just a delta of the changes, it's not a backup, or clone.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

To CLONE a VM, you either need to use vCenter Server, with the CLONE option, (that involves money at least $600, which you can purchase vSphere Essentials for, which includes, 3 x 2 CPU Licenses for ESXi Hosts, and vCenter Server License)

or follow my EE Article

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

HOW TO: Select the right answer to "I Moved It" or "I Copied It" in VMware vSphere (ESXi)
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David RileySr. IT Operations SpecialistCommented:
An alternative is to use VMware Converter to create the clone.  VMware Converter is a free tool, as long as you have a vmware.com account created.  If you have multiple snapshots, make sure your VM is at the right version by going to Snapshot Manager, and using the Go To function.
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Dawid FusekVirtualization Expert, Sr B&R, Storage SpecialistCommented:
In VMware vSphere/ESXi/vCenter Snapshots are just snapshots (deltas).

There ware such product like VMware Lab Manager but it's dead now (up to vSphere v4.x), at 5.x that option was possible with vCloud Director, now at v6.0 I don't know the name, but one I may say is that is not a direct feature of VMware vSphere/ESXi/vCenter but can be done via additional software if available, but rather it's a part of bigger whole solution (like VMware View for example). Also some backup applications for VMware vSphere/ESXi/vCenter have such feature to run a snapshot as a VM.

regards
NTShad0w
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TheHappyTechAuthor Commented:
You VMware guys are so helpful. I greatly appreciate all your advice and suggestions.

Thank you,
HappyT
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