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In VMware - Clone a server for testing purpose -Powered on state or Poweroff state

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We use VMware Vsphere 6.7  and have an application that runs on SQL database and unfortunately, we have problems with this database server.

I have been asked by the application vendor to run some patches and detach the database and again attach the database.

Rather than running these patches on the actual server, I thought of cloning the SQL server and run the patches and detach and attach the database on the cloned server and if the issue gets resolved, I can shut down the old server.

As it is Sunday today, no one will be using the server.

Do I need to clone or snapshot?

Also, do I need to do this while the server is powered on or in a shutdown state?

Please suggest appropriate steps and thank in advance.

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