VirtualGeekNeo
Contributor
Contributor

VMWare scheduled task can't overwrite previous clone

Hey,

At part of our backup policy

I've setup a weekly clone schedule-task to each VM using vCenter.

That will clone the machine from my Production-DS to a separate Backup-DS.

These are the issues i've encountered

1. the second time this scheduled-task is running it fails because there is already a clone and it won't overwrite it.

2. I want to edit an email subscription for the clone scheduled-task.  i'm trying to do it via 'right-click --> Properties' of the task.  but i can't get through the 'Name and Location' screen with an error "An Item named 'XXX' already exists. Enter a new name."

Any idea how to solve this issues?

-Moshe

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HarjitSB
Enthusiast
Enthusiast

Hello Neo,

I found a quite interesting article on the given concern, hope it may help!

Cloning Script for VMware with automatic cleanup - Script Center - Spiceworks

This may solve you both concerns.

Rgds

-Harjit

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-->at-least like found helpful.

Sreejesh_D
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

Hi,

Unfortunately we cant achieve what you mentioned only with the scheduled tasks since we cant provide a dynamic Name for VM in vCetner Scheduled tasks.

As Harjith suggested its good to use a PowerCLI script or other automation approaches like VMware orchestarator to achieve this.

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