Cloned Virtual machines

Hello Team,

I have to close a virtual machine (A server) and rebuild and existing server ( B server). Please let me know if the instructions are correct that I am going to proceed with:

1. Remove B server, delete or place in datastore
2. Close A Server using B server Name
3. Once cloned server (C server) is completed change the IP address back to B server

Please let me know if this is correct to do?
tkgj11Sr. System EngineerAsked:
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Tiborg GuaranaIT beginsCommented:
You are on correct path with this procedure.
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
In general that's the procedure to follow. Of course we cannot tell if you need to do more, that depends on the services the server runs.
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tkgj11Sr. System EngineerAuthor Commented:
Just seem like something is wrong. Seem like I would have to have a different IP address since I am rebuilding a server that already exist you know?
Server B is what I recreating which when I'm finished cloning Server A I will use the same name and same IP address for server B.

Please let me know if that makes sense
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
The IP address is just an address, like the name. If noone is answering to an IP anymore, because the corresponding device is no longer in existence, you can reuse the IP.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
don't forget to Sysprep as recommended by Microsoft! e.g. after the CLONE of Server A, Sysprep before use and production!

(before it becomes  Server B)
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tkgj11Sr. System EngineerAuthor Commented:
Andrew ,

I am looking how to complete Sysprep. I did not complete sysprep yet. All I have completed after the cloned Server A was power on Server C which  Before it becomes Server B IP address and same Name as Server B and in use by customers I will complete the sysprep once I figure out how to complete Sysprep.
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tkgj11Sr. System EngineerAuthor Commented:
Andrew,

So to complete sysprep I need to login to the completed cloned virtual machine (Server C) and complete the steps below before I set the closed machine to server B IP address?

Step 3 – Sysprep the guest operating system


1.Close all windows in the guest operating system.

2.Click "Start" and then "Run."

3.Type C:\sysprep\sysprep.exe and press Enter.

4.This starts the Sysprep process. Click "OK" to clear the warning dialog.

5.Select "Do not reset grace period for activation."

6.Make sure that the shutdown mode is "Shutdown."

7.Click "Reseal."

8.When prompted about regenerating SIDS, click "OK." The guest operating system will be Sysprepd and will automatically shut down.

9.Remove the base .vhd file from the virtual machine, and in the file system, make the base.vhd file read-only. You need to do this because you do not want to start a virtual machine by using this base .vhd file. If you do, it will undo the whole process that you just went through.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
All correct, as for step 9 - you don't need to do that, as sysprep has already been done, restart Server C, and reconfigure how you like.
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