To make an original copy of a virtual machine, you can clone an existing virtual machine. You can open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine. You can also open the wizard directly from the virtual machine that you are going to clone.

About this task

If you open the wizard from a virtual machine, the Select a creation type page does not appear.

Procedure

Select to clone a virtual machine.

Option

Description

Open the New Virtual Machine wizard from any object in the inventory

  1. Right-click any inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, such as a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host, and select New Virtual machine > New Virtual Machine....

  2. Select Clone an existing virtual machine and click Next.

    The Select a virtual machine page opens.

Open the Clone Existing Virtual Machine wizard from a virtual machine

Right-click the virtual machine and select Clone > Clone to Virtual Machine.

The Select a name and folder page opens.