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How to Clone Virtual Machine in VirtualBox on Windows 10

In this article, we will examine the steps of getting a Clone for a virtual machine on the Oracle VM VirtualBox software.

How to Clone Virtual Machine in VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Clone Virtual Machine in Oracle VBox

When using the Oracle VM VirtualBox program, you can save time by replicating a VM with the Clone operation.

Before cloning a VM in VBox, you need to properly configure your virtual machine’s system, and then you can create multiple VMs with the Clone action. Instead of installing a new operating system by creating a new virtual machine in VirtualBox, you can easily duplicate an operating system with this feature.

After cloning a VM, the SID number may conflict with the user account. Therefore, you may need to delete the existing user and create a new account again. If you want the SID number to change automatically, you need to apply the Sysprep operation in Windows operating system and then backup this VM.

Cloning a VM installed on VBox takes several steps. When cloning the VM, make sure you have enough memory on your disk.

NOTE: You can also use the Clone feature on the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0.4 version by following the steps in this article.

How to Duplicate VM using Clone

You can use this feature to copy or duplicate virtual machines that you use in Oracle VM VBox. You can also duplicate a VM by copying files from the location where the VM is installed, and then pasting it to another location.

Follow the steps below to backup virtual machine in VBox in order.

   Step 1

Open the Oracle VM VBox program and click the Right Key / Clone option on an installed VM.

Virtual Machine Clone Feature

   Step 2

Type in a name for the VM and click on the Next button, selecting Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards.

What is Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards?

There can never be two computers with the same MAC address on a network. This is also true for a virtual environment. When cloning a VM, you need to select the Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards option to refresh the MAC address.

New Machine Name in VirtualBox

   Step 3

There are two clone types in VBox. These;

  1. Full Clone
  2. Linked Clone

1: The cloned VM is not affected by the host machine. For example, if you configured the Windows 7 VM as Full Clone and later deleted it, the VM will not be deleted.

2: The cloned VM is affected by the main VM. From the above example, the main VM will also be deleted when the VM is deleted.

Select the Full Clone option as shown below and click the Clone button.

Clone Type

   Step 4

Wait while backing up Windows 7 OS.

Cloning Virtual Machine

   Step 5

After cloning the VM, let’s control the MAC addresses of the host VM and the cloned VM.

Open the Windows 7 settings and click Network in the left pane and look at the MAC address on the right panel under Adapter 1.

Changing MAC Address

   Step 6

When you open the main VM settings and check the MAC address in the same way, you can see the MAC address change from the following image.

MAC Address

   Step 7

Finally, you can see from the following image that it works successfully when the VM is running.

Windows Clone

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How to Use Snapshot

Another type of backup is Snapshot. You can think of the Snapshot feature as the Recovery feature used in Windows operating systems. The biggest benefit of Snapshot is that it is a fast backup type. For example, you can immediately revert to a change to your Windows, Linux, or macOS operating system.

To get a better understanding of Snapshot, click on the image below to see our article.

How to Take Snapshot in VirtualBox

   Final Word


In this article, we have duplicated an existing virtual machine on Oracle VM VBox using this feature. Thanks for following us!

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