VMware error "number of virtual devices exceeds the maximum for a given controller"

 VMware error "number of virtual devices exceeds the maximum for a given controller"

  • Make sure there are no CDs or ISOs mounted to the VM

  • Power off the source machine before the clone to get a clean copy

  • Especially an issue with 2008 R or Win 7: Don't edit the hardware option during the clone, then network part seems to be the issue, you can edit this stuff after the clone, just don't set it to power-on the new VM after clone