Transferring a template from one managed 3i data store to a seperate managed 3i data store

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Hoping I might get some help with this one, unfortunately the support at VM is not top notch when it comes to 3i. I have a template in LOCATION-US which I need to copy to LOCATION-EUROPE. Currently, these two ESX servers are managed with seperate VCs. I have a 2 mb WAN. The template is 4.5 gb compressed which means approximately 4-6 hours of transfer time. 3i does not have the linux console that made FTPing or SCPing of files easy. Aside from using the new VI client method which would mean COPYing a file/directory down to my local windows workstation - which un-compresses the template to 20 GBs - and then uploading to my European data store location over the WAN - which now increases my upload time to 20-24 hours. My only thought is to add my EUROPEAN ESX to my VC and taking over management and then COPYing the template. Can I then simple log into my European VC and take management of that ESX server back without any issues? Is there a better way? Is there a way to keep my template compressed to 4.5 gb and still transfer this directory somehow? Any thoughts/comments would be appreciated.

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Rather than remove your US esx 3i server from the location-US VC, which might be dangerous if it is a production node, I would suggest the following:

1) if at all possible build another vmware server, even using the free server version
2) attach that new server to location-us VC and copy the template locally (should be fast)
3) detach the new host fom location-us VC and attach to location-europe VC.
4) copy the template from that machine to your europe 3i node.

I’m just thinking it might be safer to use a separate machine in case something goes wrong with removing a host from the VC and not being able to get it back in. That woule be BAD! This way there should no impact to your production hosts.

Good Luck.

Another option may be to use the convertor to export your VM to server and then imort back into ESX at the new site.

just an option maybe!

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  • Amaltemara
    While unsupported, 3i does have a console. Press 'Alt + F1', and type 'unsupported' and press <Enter>. Enter your root password and you're in. You have a few commands available to transfer files.
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