How to clone virtual machines in VMware

ALEXANDRU VOICULESCU | September 18, 2019

Virtual machines are emulations of computer systems. They can play the role of physical computers. So, you can use multiple operating systems on the same physical machine. Cloning virtual machines allows users to test certain computer architectures in a safe environment. At the very worst, you can break a clone operating system, but not the original one. So, with a virtual machine, you have an entirely new computer available on your physical machine. The virtual machine behaves like a real computer, with virtual hardware devices. However, cloning virtual machines is not as easy as might seem. Today we will show you how to do this operation in VMware. First and foremost, you can’t clone a virtual machine if you’re connected directly to an EXSi host. So, to clone a virtual machine, you should connect to vCenter Server.

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