firstamb
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If I perform a cold-clone of a server, can I use that clone as a new server, meaning I can keep it the same or make whatever changes I want to it and run it as if it was created from a template?

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vmroyale
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Hello.

If I perform a cold-clone of a server, can I use that clone as a new server, meaning I can keep it the same or make whatever changes I want to it and run it as if it was created from a template?

Yes, it is its own unique virtual machine. It isn't linked back to the source or anything like that. Obviously, you will want to bring it up on a different network (or without networking) and rename, IP address it and all that good stuff.

Good Luck!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com

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vmroyale
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Hello.

If I perform a cold-clone of a server, can I use that clone as a new server, meaning I can keep it the same or make whatever changes I want to it and run it as if it was created from a template?

Yes, it is its own unique virtual machine. It isn't linked back to the source or anything like that. Obviously, you will want to bring it up on a different network (or without networking) and rename, IP address it and all that good stuff.

Good Luck!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com
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Hi Firstamb,

Once you have a VM, you can do whatever you want with it: run it, clone it, transform it to template... You just have to take care of not conflicting with other machines, physical or virtual ones.

Regards

Franck

firstamb
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I will change name/IP and all that good stuff, however, what about the License Key for the OS and Microsoft Office, I will need to get new ones correct?

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vmroyale
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To be legal, yes you would need to do that. Depending on how you license your OS and Office, you may not need to actually change the keys though.

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com