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V2V conversion or Clone in vCenter vSphere 6.x

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I want to create a similar VM in a production environment running Windows Server 2012 R2  (without shutting down the VM). But at the same time  ensure the  GUID, Windows License, SID, etc. is different in both the machines. I do understand P2V or V2V is not a Clone  but a conversion.  The new VM to be used as a production server and NOT for testing.

1. If I clone, will both the  VMs have same  GUID, Windows License, SID?
2. If I do a V2V (using converter   will both the VMs have same GUID, Windows License, SID?
3. Any other option to ensure both the VMs have Different  GUID, Windows License, SID.

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Excellent answers Paul and Andrew. That really helps.  However,  I have a quick question. When I do the Windows SysPrep -  will  OOBE (enabling Generalize) and Reboot do OR use the specific SysPrep command available for Windows 2012 R2.  Let me know if that is another new question.
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It's the same run sysprep in the is and select an option
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The one you are looking for is located at c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe

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You will perform the OOBE, Generalize and Reboot options.

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