How to Clone a Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation 14/VMware Workstation 12? – Using VMware Workstation, you can easily install Windows, Linux, macOS operating systems on your computer. Another feature of the VMware Workstation virtualization program is Clone.
How to Clone a Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation 14/VMware Workstation 12?
A clone created on VMware Workstation is a kind of backup. If you want to duplicate a virtual machine running on VMware Workstation, you can do this by cloning.
Cloning a single virtual machine is a logical way to replicate, as it would take time to install a new virtual machine on VMware Workstation.
What is Clone in VMware Workstation?
The logic of VMware Clone is very simple. What is Clone in VMware?
1. It is a copy of the virtual operating system.
2. Virtual operating systems can be easily reproduced.
3. Backup can be done with Clone.
4. There are two types of Clone in VMware Workstation.
Cloning Types in VMware Workstation
There are two types of Clone options available for VMware Workstation system cloning.
1. Linked Clone
Linked Clone creates a folder within the main virtual operating system location. And if the master virtual machine is deleted, the created Linked Clone is also deleted. In short, they are linked.
Changes made to a Linked Clone-generated virtual machine will not affect the host virtual machine. It also saves disk space because it takes up little space on the disc.
2. Full Clone
Full Clone is a complete virtual machine that is completely independent of the main virtual machine. The Full Clone takes a little longer than the duration of the Linked Clone.
As a result, it takes up more space on disk space. However, it is recommended to do Full Clone on VMware.
After mentioning the cloning types in VMware, we can now proceed to VMware system cloning steps.
How to Duplicate Virtual Machine in VMware using Clone?
To better understand how to use Clone to replicate a virtual machine on VMware Workstation, follow these steps in order.
Right-click on a previously created virtual machine on VMware Workstation. The point to be considered here is; the virtual machine must be turned off.
After clicking on the right button on the Windows 10 Redstone virtual machine, click Manage / Clone.
In the Clone Wizard window, click Next.
In the Clone Source window, you can perform system cloning from the current state of the virtual machine or from an existing snapshot state.
If you have not previously created Snapshot for the virtual machine, you can continue by selecting the option above.
If you previously created multiple Snapshot on the virtual machine, you can continue by selecting Snapshot if you want to get the Clone via Snapshot.
Continue the Clone operation via Snapshot and click Next.
In the Clone Type window, continue by selecting Full Clone.
In this window, the name and location of the virtual machine are asked. If you work on an external drive as a location, you can get more performance and save disk space.
Click the Finish button to start cloning in VMware.
VMware Workstation system cloning process has started. This process takes approximately 10-15 minutes depending on your virtual machine size.
Cloning a virtual machine in VMware process completed successfully. Close the window by clicking the Close button.
As you can see, we have created the Clone for Windows 10 virtual machine on VMware Workstation 14/12.
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In this article, we have performed virtual machine cloning steps with VMware. The VMware system cloning process is very different from the Snapshot process. You can compare VMware Snapshot to the System Restore process in Windows operating systems. Thanks for following us!
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