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Cloning virtual machines in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

SCVMM can use an existing virtual machine as a source for future VMs. The source in this case can reside on a VM host or on library server. Creating a VM from a VM is referred to as cloning although the ‘New VM’ wizard experience doesn’t refer to cloning directly. It simply lists ‘virtual machine’ as a source type. Cloning a VM involves copying the virtual hard disks, any memory state, and associated configuration files to host. The source isn’t deleted or modified. To clone a VM, it must be in a powered-off state or saved state if it’s located on a virtualization host. VMs in the library are in a valid state for cloning. Cloning is also supported for VMs with snapshots. Cloning VM Identity: Note that a cloned VM is an identical copy of the source, including Active Directory identity, SID, computer name, and MAC address statically assigned to the virtual network adapters. If both VMs are powered on and connected to same network, you’ll have two identical computers potentially communicating on the same network. Please plan and account for this accordingly.

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