I just cloned PhotonOS a few times for running “Folding at Home” in our lab, and I noticed every VM was getting the same IP address every time. It appears that this is caused by the fact that when you clone the VM they all have the same machine identifier. You can get around this by running the following command within the PhotonOS console:
echo -n > /etc/machine-id
I hope that helps those planning on running PhotonOS at home, lab, or in production as well.