Clonar una MV (EN)

Learn two ways to clone an existing virtual machine in vSphere

Last updated 12th January 2022

Objective

VMware offers the ability to clone a VM to create another one or a template.

This guide explains how to execute those tasks.

Requirements

Instructions

Clone a VM

Cloning allows for quick and efficient deployment of similar VMs.
You can clone a VM into another one or clone it into a template.
Cloning to a VM is a quick way to copy a full VM and its settings.
Cloning to a template is a preferred way to create a master copy that will be used to deploy many VMs.

Clone to VM

In the vSphere interface menu, go to the Hosts and Clusters dashboard.
Navigate to your VM, right click on it and in the Clone menu, select Clone to Virtual Machine.

CLONE

Name the clone VM and select its datacenter location.
Click Next.

CLONE

Select the clone VM compute location.
Click Next.

CLONE

Select the clone VM storage location.
Click Next.

CLONE

Select the options for your clone VM.

  • Customize the operating system will trigger sysprep on first use of the VM
  • Customize this virtual machine's hardware allows for modification of VM capabilities (HDD size, network elements...)
  • Power on virtual machine after creation is not recommended as you may have to apply changes before startup to prevent issues (network conflicts most notably if you use fixed IPs)

Click Next.

CLONE

Review and click Finish.

CLONE

The cloning process will go through and the new VM is ready for you.

If you cloned without any customization, make sure it is safe to boot the new VM. If it is cloned from a fixed IP VM, you should disable the Network Card to avoid IP conflicts for example.

Clone to Template

In the vSphere interface menu, go to the Hosts and Clusters dashboard.
Navigate to your VM, right click it and, in the Clone menu, select Clone to Template.

TEMPLATE

Name the template VM and select its datacenter location.
Click Next.

TEMPLATE

Select the template VM compute location.
Click Next.

TEMPLATE

Select the template VM storage location.
Click Next.

TEMPLATE

Review and click Finish.

TEMPLATE

The cloning to template process will go through.
No VM is directly visible but when deploying new VM, the clone will show in the "Deploy from Template" option.

TEMPLATE

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