If I right-click a VM and choose NetApp-->Provisioning and Cloning-->Create rapid clones and pick the same controller and volume that the source VM is on, it still seems to copy files instead of using FlexClone. Does it do this for the first clone even if the source is the same controller and volume? My goal is not speed, it is avoiding aditional storage utilization.
I have an ESXi 5 Update 1 host that has the NFS Plugin for VAAI Installed on it. I am using VSC 4.1. Environment is NFS.
When I do the NetApp-->Provisioning and Cloning-->Create rapid clones and pick the same controller and volume on three of the VMs on the host it does the NetApp Clone and finishes in approx 2 minutes (while they are powered on). However, there is one VM on the host, that everytime I try it that way, it will do a normal VMware Clone.
Wow, a lot of caveats. One or more of those would apply almost every time we would want to create a "rapid clone." If I'm doing a single clone under one of these circumstances, is there any reason I shouldn't just use vCenter cloning?