Cloning a vApp is similar to cloning a virtual machine. When you clone a vApp, you clone all virtual machines and vApps in the vApp.


When you clone a vApp, you can add the clone to a folder, standalone host, resource pool, cluster enabled for DRS, or another vApp.

Verify that one of those objects is available in your datacenter.

  • A standalone host that is running ESX 3.0 or greater.
  • A cluster enabled for DRS is selected.


  1. Navigate to a DRS-enabled cluster and click the Create a new vApp icon (Clone a vApp).
  2. Select Clone an existing vApp.
  3. Expand the inventory, select an existing vApp to clone, and click Next.
  4. Select a valid host, vApp, or resource pool in which to run the vApp, and click Next
  5. In the vApp Name text box, type a name for the vApp.
  6. Select the datacenter or folder in which to deploy the vApp and click Next.
  7. Select the virtual disk format and the target datastore and click Next.
  8. Select the network for the cloned vApp and click Next.
  9. Review the vApp settings and click Finish.