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The Clone Virtual Machine Wizard

The Clone Virtual Machine Wizard guides through the process of making a clone. You do not need to locate and manually copy the parent virtual machine files. The Clone Virtual Machine Wizard automatically creates a new MAC address and other unique identifiers for the clone.

Note: You cannot create a clone from a virtual machine that is powered on or suspended. You must power off a virtual machine before you can make a clone.

To create a clone using the Clone Virtual Machine Wizard:.

1. Select the virtual machine you want to clone.

Click the name of a virtual machine in the Favorites list or click the tab of a virtual machine in the summary window.

2. Open the Clone Virtual Machine Wizard (VM > Clone) and click Next.

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3. Select the state of the parent from which you want to create a clone, and click Next.

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You can choose to create a clone from either of two states.

  • From the parent's current state (Workstation creates a snapshot of the virtual machine before cloning it)
  • From any snapshot of the parent: select the snapshot name from a drop-down menu of existing snapshots.
  • 4. Select the type of clone you want to create and click Next.

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    You can choose to make a full clone or a linked clone. See Full and Linked Clones for a description of the differences.

    5. Type a name and a path for the cloned virtual machine, and click Finish.

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    The default name and path are based on the original virtual machine name and location. You can type a new entry for name and path, or use the Browse button to locate a directory for the clone files.

    After you have verified your entries, click Finish. The Clone Virtual Machine Wizard then displays a status page.

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    A full clone can take many minutes to create, depending on the size of the virtual disk that is being duplicated.

    6. Click Done to exit the Clone Virtual Machine Wizard.

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