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Copying a Workstation virtual machine from one location to another (2030609)

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This article provides information on copying a virtual machine in VMware Workstation.

Copying the virtual machine is the most thorough way of backing it up.You can also copy the virtual machine, in case you want to image or clone it. However, ensure that this does not violate any licensing agreements with the manufacturers of the operating system or any applications installed on the virtual machine.


To copy the virtual machine:

  1. Shut down your virtual machine.

    Note: Copying a virtual machine while it is running or suspended can create a copy that may not boot.

  2. Select the folder where the virtual machine is stored and press Ctrl+c.
  3. Select the location where you want to copy the virtual machine.
  4. Press Ctrl+v.

    You see a progress bar, indicating that the virtual machine is being copied.

    Note: This does not affect your current virtual machine.

  5. Power on the copied virtual machine. Workstation prompts you to indicate if you have moved the virtual machine or copied it.
  6. Select the Moved It option if you are moving the virtual machine locally on the hard drive.

    This option indicates that it is the same virtual machine, which is being started from a new location. Therefore, all settings are retained.

    Note: If you select the Copied It option, a new UUID and MAC address are generated. This ensures that there are no conflicts in the network. For more information, see Changing or keeping a UUID for a moved virtual machine (1541).

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