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  • 1.  Why did cold cloning go away? (not how to still do it)

    Posted Nov 11, 2013 10:05 PM

    Granted this question should have (and maybe it has?) been asked ages ago.

    I see plenty of people still requesting a way to do a cold clone, only to be told it was done away with after vSphere 4.1 (actually vConverter boot cd 3.0 I believe).

    The question I have is why?  I can't find any documentation, blog posts, etc. about the "why it was removed" aspect.  There are plenty of people out there discussing how to still do it, but no reasoning as to why it isn't recommended by VMware anymore and why it was done away with.

    I've only used a cold clone p2v once and that was years ago.  The normal p2v method with the source running has always worked fine for me.

    I was hoping someone could shed some light on why VMware chose to remove this functionality.  I'm assuming they had decent reason, but again haven't found anything authoritative from them stating why it was removed.



  • 2.  RE: Why did cold cloning go away? (not how to still do it)

    Posted Nov 11, 2013 10:07 PM

    Hello and welcome to the communities.

    Note: Discussion successfully moved from VMware ESXi 5 to VMware Converter Standalone



  • 3.  RE: Why did cold cloning go away? (not how to still do it)

    Posted Nov 29, 2013 10:48 AM

    I am about to perform four p2v this weekend and i would also like to know why the cold clone ISO download option has been removed!?!



  • 4.  RE: Why did cold cloning go away? (not how to still do it)

    Posted Nov 29, 2013 10:59 AM

    I found this!

    Not an explanation but atleast an announcement. https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-18661 Still want to know why tough... :/



  • 5.  RE: Why did cold cloning go away? (not how to still do it)

    Posted Nov 29, 2013 10:50 PM

    Why pay for redistribution of a Windows 2003 PE to Microsoft when the hotclone procedure is supposed to be able to handle all cases ?

    There also seems to be no significant demand for such a LiveCD.
    I do not get a lot of requests nowadays ... and the coldclone-construction kit I have on my site does not get a lot of downloads these days.

    Actually a coldclone CD never was really necessary - it was just a little bit more convenient then other methods ...