Changing or keeping a UUID for a moved virtual machine (1541)
The UUID is a 128-bit integer. The 16 bytes of this value are separated by spaces, except for a dash between the eighth and ninth hexadecimal pairs. A sample UUID looks like this:
56 4d ef 2d 3f d4 14 e2-2e 04 c5 34 3a ec ee 65
The UUID is based on the physical computer's identifier and the path to the virtual machine's configuration file. This UUID is generated when you power on or reset the virtual machine. As long as you do not move or copy the virtual machine to another location, the UUID remains constant.
If you move or copy the virtual machine, you may be offered the choice of creating a new UUID or keeping the old UUID when you first power on the virtual machine. This new UUID is based on the physical computer's identifier and path to the virtual machine's configuration file in its new location.
- Always Create
- Always Keep
In order to configure certain management and networking features, VMware ESX needs to know if this virtual machine was moved or copied.
I moved it
I copied it
If you moved this virtual machine, you can choose to keep the UUID. Select Keep/I moved it, then click OK to continue powering on the virtual machine.
If you copied this virtual machine to a new location, you should create a new UUID since the copy of the virtual machine is using the same UUID as the original virtual machine. Select Create/I copied it, then click OK to continue powering on the virtual machine.
If the original virtual machine is being used as a template for more virtual machines, you can choose to create a new UUID the first time you power on each copy. After you configure the virtual machine and are ready to make it a template, move it to a new location and power it on. When the message appears after you power on, select Always Create, then click OK to continue powering on the virtual machine. The virtual machine is set up to create a new UUID every time it is moved. Power off the virtual machine and begin using it as a template by copying the virtual machine files to other locations.
If you intend to move the virtual machine numerous times and want to keep the same UUID each time the virtual machine moves, select Always Keep and click OK to continue powering on the virtual machine.
Note: If you want to change the Always Keep or Always Create setting, power off the virtual machine and edit its configuration (.vmx) file. Delete the line that contains uuid.action = "create" or uuid.action = "keep". For more information, see Tips for editing a .vmx file (1714).
Sometimes the message quoted above does not appear. The message does not appear in any of the following circumstances:
- The line uuid.bios = "" does not exist in the virtual machine's configuration file.
- The line uuid.bios = "" exists, but has an invalid value.
- The line uuid.bios = "" exists with a valid value, and either the line uuid.action = "keep" or the line uuid.action = "change" exists in the virtual machine's configuration file.
Suspending and resuming a virtual machine does not trigger the process that generates a UUID. Thus, the UUID in use at the time the virtual machine was suspended remains in use when the virtual machine is resumed, even if it has been copied or moved. The next time the virtual machine is rebooted, however, the message appears, so you can choose to create a new UUID or keep the existing one.
Specifying a UUID for a Virtual Machine
uuid.bios = "00 11 22 33 44 55 66 77-88 99 aa bb cc dd ee ff"