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How to Clone Virtual Machine in oVirt/RHV/Oracle Easily?

2024-01-04 | Nick Zhao

Table of contents
  • Clone Virtual Machine in oVirt
  • Clone Virtual Machine in RHV/RHEV
  • Clone Virtual Machine in Oracle
  • Clone Virtual Machine in Oracle VirtualBox
  • Clone Virtual Machine in oVirt/RHV/Oracle Easily
  • Sum up


Cloning a virtual machine is making a copy of the original with the same setup. After the cloning, the cloned VM runs as a separate virtual machine. Cloning is helpful when deploying multiple virtual machines with identical settings and resource distributions, such as software testing or sysadmin assigning VMs to employees in a department, which will save you a ton of time when you need new and similar VMs at short notice.

Clone Virtual Machine in oVirt

1.     Shut down the virtual machine.

2.     Click Compute> Virtual Machines to select the target VM.

3.     Chick More Actions > Clone VM.

4.     Input the new name for the clone machine.

5.     Click OK.

Clone Virtual Machine in RHV/RHEV

1.     Shut down the RHV VM.

2.     Use virt-clone with root privileges to clone a guest.

# virt-clone --original guestos --auto-clone

Virt-clone command provides numerous options including general, storage setting, networking, and others. Only –original is required, and you can see the option list through:

# virt-clone –help

Use virt-manager to clone guest

1.     Start the virt-manager command as root or navigate to Applications> System Tools to launch the Virtual Machine Manager application.

2.     Select the target guest virtual machine, right-click it and choose Clone to open the Clone Virtual Machine window.

3.     Enter a name for the clone machine.

4.     Click Details to change the networking.

5.     Enter a new MAC address and click OK.

6.     Configure disks in the cloned VM with the following options.

Clone this disk-clone the disk for the cloned VM.

Share disk with guest virtual machine name-share disk with the original and cloned guest VM.

Details-open Change storage path to select a new path for the disk.

7.     Click Clone.

Clone Virtual Machine in Oracle

1.     Virtual machine: navigate to Servers and VMs> choose the server pool where the VM resides> choose Virtual Machines from the Perspective list> select the VM to clone.

Template: go to Repositories> select the repository where the template resides> VM Templates> select the target template.

2.     Select the target VM or template and click Clone or Move to open the dialog box.

3.     Enter the info required.

Clone to a Virtual Machine or Template.

Clone Count: create how many clones.

Name Index: the clone name suffix number index. The default is 0.

Clone Name: optional name for the VM or template. The default name of the original VM or template will be generated if no value is given.

Target Server Pool: the server pool where the clone will be deployed.

Description: optional description of the VM or template.

Advanced Clone: use clone customizer and target repository or not.

Clone Customizer: set virtual disk mapping for other storage locations or create network mappings to use other networks or new VNICs for the clone machine.

Target Repository: repository option only for the configuration file of cloned VM.

Why don't I see other server pools to clone to? Shows the reasons of unqualified server pools.

4.     Click OK.

Clone Virtual Machine in Oracle VirtualBox

1.     Start Oracle VM VirtualBox and shut down the VM (right-click> Close> Power Off).

2.     Right-click on the target VM and click Clone. Or click Machines in the main menu> Clone.

3.     Under the New machine name and path, configure the new VM.

Enter optionally a name and path for the new VM, include or exclude the MAC address from adapters in MAC Address Policy. Keep the same Disk Names or Hardware UUIDs.

4.     Choose Clone Type from Full clone and Linked Clone.

Full clone: create a same copy of the original virtual machine and takes longer than linked clone.

Linked Clone: create a new VM whose VDI files are linked to the original machine, which cannot be moved to another machine without the original. This clone creates a VM faster with less disk consumption.

5.     Click Clone and wait for it. Then start the virtual machine.

Clone Virtual Machine in oVirt/RHV/Oracle Easily

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Sum up

VM cloning saves time and workload when you need several VMs with the same configurations for a test or other uses. You can use the official tools to clone the VM accordingly, or you can use a compositive solution for all platforms mentioned.

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