How can I create a clone of a virtual machine from a SnapManager for Hyper-V backup ?
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- SnapManager for Hyper-V (SMHV)
- SnapDrive for Windows (SDW)
- Since SMHV does not provide VM cloning directly, Hyper-V manager needs to be used to create the VM itself (for example: use a template for a new VM).
- However, SDW on the Hyper-V Host can create clones of the CSVs used to store the VMs and VHD(X)s, and connect these to the Hyper-V cluster group, making sure to choose an initiator group with all the cluster node's initiators. Alternatively, connecting to a single node which contains the target VM. In both instances,
the VHD(X)s can be connected to that VM in Hyper-V Manager (*).
- To copy data back to the original VM for recovery, use CIFS shares.
- always use
sysprepon new VMs, especially when cloning the boot disk.
- (*) do not attempt to connect VHD(X)s from a cloned CSV to the original VM, due to serial number and signature conflicts with existing disks in that VM.