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Why Make a Clone?

Installing and configuring a guest operating system with applications can be time consuming. With clones, you can deploy many copies of a virtual machine from only one installation and configuration process.

Clones are useful when you must deploy many identical virtual machines to a group. For example:

  • A MIS department can clone a virtual machine for each employee, with the suite of pre-configured office applications.
  • A development environment can clone a virtual machine as an identical — but completely independent — baseline configuration for software testing.
  • A teacher can clone a virtual machine for each student, with all the lessons and labs required for the term.
  • With clones you can conveniently make complete copies of a virtual machine, without browsing a host file system or worrying if you have located all the configuration files.

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