You know what it sounds like you desperately need? Replication/backup software. Like real, purpose-built software allowing to sidestep this manual scripting mess. I've seen this multiple times before and it always gets resolved by using the proper tool for the job that *should* have been used from the beginning.
Thanks for your reply.
Beside your proposal my question still remains. Does a clone really always use the management nic/kernel?
Or could this be changed? I am also curious and maybe a bit desperate
A cold clone, yes. Otherwise you have to tag a vmkernel port for Provisioning traffic. With proper backup/replication software, you don't need to even shut down this VM which is the better way to go.
thank you very very much for your help and support!
I did not read the provisioning kernel documents which i will do now.
Shame on me...
So reconfigured my LAB cluster and will have a look next week how it behaves.
Again, thank you! Really appreciated.
Have a great weekend!