Sunday, February 19, 2012

How to clone a VM manually without using the converter

Simply browse to the datastore:

0. Power off the VM
1. Click on the host > Configuration tab
2. Right-click on the datastore with the VM you want to clone > Browse Datastore
3. Create a new folder in the store
4. Right click on the VM folder and select Copy (must be done in the right pane of the Datastore Browser)
  or copy the files in the VM folder if you're not able to copy the folder
5. Paste the VM to a new sub folder (otherwise the VM will overwrite itself)
6. Once copied, rename and move the folder if desired
7. Select the .vmx file within the cloned VM and select 'Add to Inventory'