restore of a VM for DR - testing restore same serer from backup that is running in prod (still active)


is this achievable?  Im running 5.1  I have the PROD DC running and wont be touched remoed. Now I have a host in an isolated network. My concern is resoring a "copY" with same name  as a running VM say a DControler into the isolated network for DR. Yet how can i register it in vcenter inventory if the same name serer (prod DC) is running and of course registered already in inventory?

What can I do here please - Cant afford any outages
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have vCenter Server, Right Click your Production DC, and click CLONE, type a new name like Test DC, DR DC and your done!

Make sure when you power up the Test DC (cloned DC) it's on a different network to production.

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philb19Author Commented:
ok what does a clone do then thats different from restoring original? - doesnt the cloned vm still need to be registered in inventory? and it will have same name?
philb19Author Commented:
sorry just read - type a new name - is that the key then I guess  - it gets registered with that new name?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
When you create a CLONE it asks you for a name!

The names in the inventory, are only for our human brains, they have no impact on the name of the VM, in Guest OS.

So just re-register with a meaningful name.
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