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How to create an image of an existing Virtual Machine?

How can I create an IMAGE of a VM in vCenter 6.7 which is Windows 2012.  I intend to deploy  5 different servers with the same image in another OS which is Windows 2019.   

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Scott Silva

I am lost with your question... How are you going to clone a 2012 server and have it magically be 2019?
VSphere doesn't run on a windows server, it runs on bare metal... If you export a 2012 server, it will still be 2012 when you import it...
If you are talking about the VSphere management server, the hosts don't really care what the management server runs...

Now if you want to export a machine from one host to a different unconnected host you use Template/Export OVF Template.
The VM has to be off...
You then import that to the other cluster or hosts.


Us this a production system, VM, or you are trying to create a deployment template?

Presumably you can not have the system on the network at the same time.

If you are trying to run it under hyper-V, much depends on what you are using to backup VMs.

Several provide that you can restore the VM from backup on the other platform, you would need to reconfigure the network if your VMware VM uses vmxnet3 versus the e1000.

Thanks Scott Silva & Arnold.

I understand when I clone a VM, it is the exact replica of the source VM including the IP Address and I can turn only One VM "on" at a time.
However, I was wondering if there is a way to ensure I capture the image of the source VM which is a Windows 2012 and install it on a Windows 2019.  I know it is a dumb question but was wondering if there is any way to do it please. 

Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

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