I have to clone a virtual machine hosted by a VMware ESXi server. In particular, the virtual machine has three disks: is there a way to clone the machine not entirely? In other words, I don't care about two disks of three, I want the same machine, but only with one disk. Is it possible?

Thanks in advance.



Yes you can. While finishing the process select the option

Edit virtual hardware


Then you can remove the HDD's.


  • I'm using vSphere client connected to ESXi host and I don't have the "Clone Virtual Machine" operation you mentioned. I can select the export option, to create OVA/OVF files, and then I can't choose disks to remove. What software are you using for it?
    – A M
    Aug 12 '16 at 9:02
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    You have to clone using vCenter server
    – vembutech
    Aug 12 '16 at 10:04
  • If you're exporting the VM to an OVA/OVF then simply remove the disks when you provision a new VM from the OVA/OVF.
    – joeqwerty
    Aug 12 '16 at 15:32
  • Solved using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.
    – A M
    Aug 22 '16 at 7:16

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