Cloning a vApp is similar to cloning a virtual machine. When you clone a vApp, you clone all virtual machines and vApps within 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 runsESXi 3.0 or later
  • A DRS cluster


  1. Start the cloning wizard.
    • Start the cloning wizard from a DRS cluster by right-clicking the cluster and selecting New vApp > New vApp (create new vApp icon).
    • Start the cloning wizard from an existing vApp by right-clicking the vApp and selecting Clone > Clone.
  2. On the Select creation type page, select Clone an existing vApp and click Next.
  3. On the Select source vApp page, select an existing vApp to clone, and click Next.
    The Select source vApp page appears only if you start the wizard from a DRS cluster.
  4. On the Select destination page, select a valid host, vApp, or resource pool in which to run the vApp, and click Next.
  5. On the Select a name and location page, type a name for the vApp, select location, and click Next.
  6. On the Select storage page, select the virtual disk format and the target datastore and click Next.
  7. On the Map networks page, configure the network mappings for the networks that the virtual machines in the vApp use.
  8. On the Resource allocation page, allocate CPU and memory resources for the vApp and click Next.
  9. On the Review and finish page, review the vApp settings and click Finish.