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whats the difference between manual/automatic/VMWare clone?

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jrich52352
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whats the difference between manual/automatic/VMWare clone?

noticed some comments that made me feel an automatic clone (protection policy) triggers VSS and a manual doesnt? how does the VM clone work?

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wen35
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Re: whats the difference between manual/automatic/VMWare clone?

Hi Justin, could you share the verbiage that caused the confusion?

VSS snapshot is triggered when

1)snapshot is taken at the volume collection level

2)snapshot is taken from a schedule (i.e., hourly snapshot schedule would trigger VSS snapshot to be taken for the volume every hour)

VSS snapshot will NOT be triggered if you snap the volume from vCenter server plugin or at the volume level.

As for cloning, it doesn't trigger any snapshotting of volumes as the clone is based on a particular snapshot.  If the volume is snapped successfully w/ VSS quiescing, then the clone will have consistent data for the application.

Hope this helps.

jrich52352
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Re: whats the difference between manual/automatic/VMWare clone?

It was a post I had made a mental note of that I didnt have time to dig in to. Cant seem to find it now.

how do you do a volume collection snapshot vs volume snapshot?

thanks