Rename a .VMDK file

I have a new ESXi V6 server going well.
Guest OS is  Server 2012 R2 x 2.

To create the second Server 2012 server I copy then pasted  the first one in the Datastore Browser to another folder. I renamed the .vmx and nvram file names no worries however I could not seem to rename the .VDMK so i just ran sysprep in Windows and all seemed fine.

My issue now is  I can not  backup the cloned server in Acronis VM protect. It does not see the VM .

TLDR. How can I rename a .VMDK file. ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Reaming the VM is time consuming.

I assume, because you have "manually copied the file" you have no access to following Licensed Features:-

1. CLONE using vCenter Server.
2. Storage vMotion

the above features would re-name the file correctly.

If you want to complete the rename manually, this is how you do it, in the following VMware KB

Renaming a virtual machine and its files in VMware ESXi and ESX (1029513)


Renaming a virtual machine disk (VMDK) via the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) or vSphere CLI (vCLI) (1002491)

As you can see time consuming....

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Paul SimmonsCommented:
The simplest way to do this is use the built-in VMWare Clone feature; rather than trying to manually manipulate the underlying file system...
AlwayslearningmoreAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys,  well it is too late for the easy options.  

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