Ayan1
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Cloning vs V2V

What is the difference between Cloning and V2V? When we use cloning option and when V2V?

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rcporto
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The basic difference is that when you clone a virtual machine, you're clone the virtual machine files (.vmx and .vmdk) and when you're doing a V2V, you're copying the files inside the guest OS to another VM, and this may not works 100%, will be more slow than a clone and will require some additional steps after the conversion.

If you want a copy of a VM with 100% of your data with very little administrative efforts and fast, I will recommend a clone.

A V2V will be recommended when normally you're converting a VM from on format/solution to another, for example: convert a Hyper-V virtual machine to vSphere virtual machine.

This another thread can gives you another definitions: Re: What is the difference between cloning a vm and v2v conversion of a vm

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