Cloning a virtual machine creates a virtual machine that is a copy of the original. The new virtual machine is configured with the same virtual hardware, installed software, and other properties that were configured for the original virtual machine.

Note:

When heavily loaded applications, such as load generators, are running in the guest operating system during a clone operation, the virtual machine quiesce operation can fail and VMware Tools might be denied CPU resources and time out.

Prerequisites

If a load generator is running in the virtual machine, stop it before you perform the clone operation.

You must have the following privileges to clone a virtual machine:

  • Virtual machine > Provisioning > Clone virtual machine on the virtual machine you are cloning.

  • Virtual machine > Inventory > Create from existing on the datacenter or virtual machine folder.

  • Virtual machine > Configuration > Add new disk on the datacenter or virtual machine folder.

  • Resource > Assign virtual machine to resource pool on the destination host, cluster, or resource pool.

  • Datastore > Allocate space on the destination datastore or datastore folder.

  • Network > Assign network on the network to which the virtual machine will be assigned.

  • Virtual machine > Provisioning > Customize on the virtual machine or virtual machine folder if you are customizing the guest operating system.

  • Virtual machine > Provisioning > Read customization specifications on the root vCenter Server if you are customizing the guest operating system.