Our VMops team who deploys new VMs has some scripting in place that after deployment of the VM, copies some files into the VM.
They now run in to an error when doing a CopyVMGuestFile to a Windows 2019 VM with VMware Tools 11.0.5. Strangely enough other combinations DO work:
- Win 2012 / Win 2016 with VMware Tools 11.0.5 = WORKS
- Win 2012 / Win 2016 with VMware Tools 10.5 = WORKS
- Win 2019 with VMware Tools 10.5 = WORKS
- Win 2019 with VMware Tools 11.0.5 = DOESN'T WORK
The command they run:
Get-Item $SupportingFilesPath\* | Copy-VMGuestFile -Destination "C:\Temp\" -vm $VM_Deploy.DEP_VmName -localtoguest -GuestUser $Cred_LocalAdmin.UserName -GuestPassword $Cred_LocalAdmin.Password
Warning after command:
WARNING: The guest OS for the virtual machine 'xxxx' is unknown. The operation may fail.
Copy-VMGuestFile : 23-1-2020 10:32:03 Copy-VMGuestFile A specified parameter was not correct.
At line:1 char:35
+ ... lesPath\* | Copy-VMGuestFile -Destination "C:\Temp\" -vm $VM_Deploy.D ...
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Copy-VMGuestFile], InvalidArgument
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Client20_VmGuestServiceImpl_DirectoryExistsInGuest_ViError,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.Copy
Does Get-Item $SupportingFilesPath\* work?
you may need to try:
Get-Item "$SupportingFilesPath\*.*" | Copy-VMGuestFile -Destination "C:\Temp\" -vm $VM_Deploy.DEP_VmName -localtoguest -GuestUser $Cred_LocalAdmin.UserName -GuestPassword $Cred_LocalAdmin.Password
I have a very similar issue.
The destination folder must exist in the VM then the file copy works, but the file name gets !% added to the start.
Issue exists with VMware tools 11.0.6 and 11.2.0, pretty sure it was working in 10.2.1
Running Copy-VMGuestFile from:
VMware PowerCLI 12.1.0 build 17009493
The Destination VM
VMware Tools 11.2.0
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Datacenter
Since VMware Tools 11.2 is only out for 6 days, I'm not installing that (yet).
But I just tried with a Windows 2019 server that has VMware Tools 11.1.1, and the Copy-VMGuestFile (from PowerCLI 12.1) operation works without a problem (in both directions).
I'm pretty sure the issue is with ESXi 6.5 version and the newer version of tools, the host is missing some patches. Seems okay on another updated host.
I'm sure Copy-VMGuestFile used to create the folder but I do get a proper error if its missing on updated host "The destination 'c:\Temp\' does not exist on VM"