Cloning a vApp is similar to cloning a virtual machine.


To clone a vApp, the vSphere Client must be connected to the vCenter Server system.

A host must be selected in the inventory that is running ESX 4.0 or greater, or a cluster enabled with DRS.


  1. Select the vApp in the inventory.
  2. Select Inventory > vApp > Clone.
    Complete each page in Clone vApp the wizard.
  3. Select the vApp destination and click Next.
  4. Specify a Host and click Next.
    Note: This step is available only if you select a cluster that is in DRS manual mode.
  5. Enter a name for the vApp clone and select the vApp Inventory Location, then click Next.
  6. Select a datastore and click Next.
  7. Select a disk format to store the virtual machines virtual disks and click Next.
    • Same format as source
    • Thin provisioned format
    • Thick format
  8. Review the new vApp settings and click Finish.