How to Successfully Copy a virtual (ESXI Vmware Only) Machine

1. Shell into your vmware ESXI server and copy the  the files (vmdks only) or simply make a copy of  an existing  virtual machine using the  vsphere GUI  interface.

2.  Copy only the vmdk and the XXX-flat.vmdk

3   Create a new Machine  choose custom in the option.

4. Choose "Existing Vritual Disk" then browse to the location of the new virtual disk and select the vmdk listed.

5. Start your new machine.