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I am using vmkfstools and the vim-cmd suite of programs to clone linux hosts. I'm trying to figure out how to turn a clone into a new running instance, but for some reason I'm not locating any information on how to do it. I'm not seeing anything in the vim-cmd tools, and not finding anything in google. Maybe my google skills are subpar, but in any case I'd appreciate some help.

Additional info: one thing I noticed is that if I run the "clone" tool from the GUI (vsphere client), the resulting clone is automatically assigned a unique Vmid. But this does not happen when I make a clone using the vmkfstools from the command line.

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Ok, found the answer. It turns out cloning only creates the disks but does not create a new virtual machine. In order to use the cloned disks, they need to be attached to a new or existing virtual machine.

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