Leveraging Instant Clone in vSphere 6.7 for extremely fast Nested ESXi provisioning

The idea of “Instant Cloning” a Nested ESXi VM (running ESXi in a VM) is not a new concept. In fact, I had shared a solution back in 2015 using the private VMFork APIs. However, what has changed is the ease of consumption, primarily due to the re-architecture of Instant Clone in vSphere 6.7 (more details here and […]

New Instant Clone Architecture in vSphere 6.7 – Part 2

In the previous article, I provided an overview of the new “Parentless” Instant Clone feature which was introduced in vSphere 6.7 and some of the architectural differences between prior versions of Instant Clone. In this post, I will show you how to use the new Instant Clone feature, which is currently only available with the vSphere […]

New Instant Clone Architecture in vSphere 6.7 - Part 1

Instant Clone or VMFork (as it is referred internally) has been around for a number of years now. It was initially available as part of vSphere 6.0 with the primary consumer being Horizon View and their just-in-time desktop solution. Although Instant Clone was part of the core vSphere platform, public APIs were not available for external […]

How Wrecking Crew Inc. leveraged vSphere's Instant Clone to instantly provision hundreds of VMs

Okay, Wrecking Crew Inc. is not a real company but a fictitious one that was used during Alan Renouf and Li Zheng’s VMworld session, #INF5803 – Deploy Hundreds of VMs Instantly via Forking (aka vSphere Instant Clone). During the session, Wrecking Crew Inc. was described as a modern online gaming company who was about to launch a new product. They […]

Instant Clone PowerCLI cmdlets Best Practices & Troubleshooting

I was fortunate to have been given early access to the VMFork (Instant Clone) PowerCLI cmdlets to help provide early feedback and usability improvements before it was released to customers. Having spent some time with the Fling, I have learned a thing or two about how Instant Cloning works and some of the caveats or […]