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Backup question (vmdk's within a vmdk)

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I added a second drive to me ESX whitebox.I added this drive as a 2nd drive to my VM that I have Trilead on. I am backing up my important VM's to this drive. So, from a physical level this drive just has one 500GB vmdk from the VM that I am running the backups from.

If I lose my primary datastore I also lose the VM that the backup datastore came from.


Question -  Is it possible (and would it be ease) to get into this vmdk from a Windows system to extract/restore the 5 VM's that it contains?


TIA!

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In order to extract the virtual machines from the disk, you'd need to have drivers which understand the VMFS file system. I think the easiest way to access the files on the VMFS volume would be to install ESXi on a host (you can even install ESXi on an USB drive/stick), attach the disk and mount the datastore.

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In order to extract the virtual machines from the disk, you'd need to have drivers which understand the VMFS file system. I think the easiest way to access the files on the VMFS volume would be to install ESXi on a host (you can even install ESXi on an USB drive/stick), attach the disk and mount the datastore.

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Thx André.

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