Cloning a VMWare vmdk in VSphere

Ok, so you are setting up a lot of identical Linux virtual machines, and the easiest way to do that is to clone the disk for use in a new virtual machine configuration:

vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/<DATASTORE_NAME>/<SOURCE_VMDK_NAME>.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/<DATASTORE_NAME>/<DESTINATION_VMDK_NAME>.vmdk

This will create an exact replica of the disk, so all you need to do now is create a new VM, attach this disk, boot it up and change /etc/hosts, /etc/hostname and the IP address (if not DHCPed).

Much quicker than configuring Ubuntu for an automated install!