How do I clone a VMDK disk?

To copy the VMDK(s), simply navigate to the source VM’s datastore and folder, right-click on the VMDK(s) and select Copy. You are then prompted to select the destination folder, which in our case corresponds to the target (cloned) VM’s datastore and folder.

How do I clone a VM in vSphere Client 6?

From the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the Hosts and Clusters tab. Right-click on the VM to be cloned and then select Clone and Clone to Virtual Machine… from the drop-down menu. In the ensuing menu, select a name for your VM and choose its location in your file tree.

Can clone VM in ESXi?

How to clone VMware ESXi VM using vCenter. 1. Access to vCenter Client, right-click on the VM name and select Clone > Clone to Virtual Machine to open the wizard. Except for this option, you can also select Clone to Template… or Clone to Template in Library.

How do I move VMDK to another VM?

From vSphere Web Client, right click the VM and select Migrate. Select Change storage only option and click Next. Select the destination storage and click Next. Click Finish to proceed with storage migration.

How do I clone a VM without Vcenter?

First create a target VM with identical hardware and resources as assigned to the one you’re cloning ,source VM. Copy the source VMDK files (disks) to the target VM’s folder. Finally, attach the copied VMDKs to the target VM and verify that the clone boots up and works properly.

How do I move a VMDK file to another folder?

Here is a high level steps:

  1. shutdown the VM.
  2. detach the vmdk in question.
  3. move the vmdk to the desired folder.
  4. attach the vmdk again.
  5. power on the VM.

How do I create a full clone in VMWare?


  1. Select a virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library.
  2. Click Snapshots.
  3. Select a snapshot and right-click. Select either Create Full Clone or Create Linked Clone, depending on the type of clone you want to create.