The ranting of an IT Professional

Aug 5 2008   1:51PM GMT

Transferring VMDK files to your local machine

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer


If there is one thing that really ticks me off is wasting a lot of time trying to accomplish tasks that in theory should be really straightforward. Here is what I mean. A few days ago I was working in VMware ESX server. I had built a VM which was residing in the data store and I wanted to transfer it to my local machine. Should be easy right? Well, apparently it isn’t, at least for me. I tried using the native option in VIC for downloading the files. Makes sense, it’s VMware’s product, and it’s their native tool designed specifically for this purpose should work like a charm, but if you are anything like me, you will get a bunch of I/O errors. Now, this wouldn’t be so bad if I got them right away, but no, I got them about 20% into transferring a 40 GB file. Pretty sad situation here I have to say. Then I tried taking the VM’s offline and using Winscp to transfer them off. Great idea in theory here, VM is offline, you should be able to copy off the files, sadly this doesn’t work either.

Luckily I have friend who tipped me off to this little handy tool. Veeam FastSCP works pretty much exactly like Winscp but is designed specifically for working within ESX. It worked quite well in transferring off the files I needed. Best of all it’s a completely free tool. Hopefully you wouldn’t have to waste as much time fighting with this as I did.

Download Veeam FastSCP here ->

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