When I try to download entire folder from ESXi 6.5 datastore (for backup purpose), I can't (download option is shaded😞
Even if I right click the folder I can't download.
Thanks in advance
thanks for your reply.
But in the previous version of ESXi (5.5) I can download entire folders without issue.
Why with this version (6.5) I can't?
If you running 6.5 only not 6.5 U1 . try to access the esxi from vSphere client . you will be requested update client and you can access server
then try to download the vm full folder from there .
if you don't have old vSphere client you can download 6.o u3 vsphere client and try to access the 6.5 esxi
Thanks for your reply.
I'm not shure, but in another 6.5 serve I've used without issue the download feature...
Ended up doing a work around to do this. Temporarily enabled SSH access to the esxi host that hosted the VM I wanted to download the image of. Consolidated snapshots then shut the VM down. Used WinSCP to directly SSH into the esx host I wanted to grab the VM from. Created a tar.gz archive of the VM on its datastore and then downloaded to my Windows desktop. From there I was free to do what I wanted with the VM image. Would rather there was a VMware supported solution through the tools but in the meantime this is viable work around (assuming you have access to SSH into vsphere hosts).
enable SSH on ESX temporarily
log on to ESX with your admin credentials or "root"
drill down to volumes under vmfs
(I'm assuming these vm's are not up and running)
Thank you TheWintelGuy, your solution has helped me.
Enabled SSH, in vCenter choose any host which has that Datastore (from where you want to download) mounted. Navigate to Configure (tab) - > Security Profile -> Services
Edit (button) -> Select the service SSH -> Click Start (button)
I downloaded WinSCP from their official website WinSCP :: Official Site :: Download
Fired up WinSCP and provided root credentials for the ESX host Server
browsed to vmfs\volumes\<desired Datastore>
Selected the folder (or files) and click download,
and it works.