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copying files from isolated VM in test lab

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1. 2- ESX host- 2-networks:

Network 1 connects to our live network-

Network 2 connects to our test environment within ESX- the test network is completely inside ESX host, no outbound NICs!

Here is my problem/situation:

One of the developers has created some programs in the test network. He

would like us to copy these files into his private drive on the live

network. How do I go about getting his files?

Thank you again for your suggestions:

Pfunck!!!

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Add a new virtual disk file (.vmdk) to the isolated VM. Copy the data you want over to it, shut down the isolated VM Remove the newly added virtual disk drive (or just leave the VM powered off). Add a new virtual disk drive to your exposed VM and select to use an existing disk file - browse to your newly created .vmdk. Power up the exposed VM and have fun.

Alternatively, you could just - temporarily - connect the isolated VM to a vSwitch that has access to the outside world...

Ken Cline

Technical Director, Virtualization

Wells Landers

VMware Communities User Moderator

Ken Cline VMware vExpert 2009 VMware Communities User Moderator Blogging at: http://KensVirtualReality.wordpress.com/

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Here is one for small files, attach a blank floppy image to the internal VMs, format it and write the files, detach the floppy from the internal VM and attach to an external facing VM and copy the files over the network from there. I'm not sure if you can create a CDR ... anyone?

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Avarcher, your answer did help with the small files but I also need to move some big files.

Thank You,

Pfunck

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Repeat the same process with a .vmdk file - it can be as large as you want...you'll just have to power the VM off to remove the virtual disk drive.

Ken Cline

Technical Director, Virtualization

Wells Landers

VMware Communities User Moderator

Ken Cline VMware vExpert 2009 VMware Communities User Moderator Blogging at: http://KensVirtualReality.wordpress.com/
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Ken,

I am fairly new to Vmware area, can you please give me more details on your suggestion:

Repeat the same process with a .vmdk file - it can be as large as you want..

I got the floppy part working as suggested by previous post.

Thank You,

Pfunck1

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Add a new virtual disk file (.vmdk) to the isolated VM. Copy the data you want over to it, shut down the isolated VM Remove the newly added virtual disk drive (or just leave the VM powered off). Add a new virtual disk drive to your exposed VM and select to use an existing disk file - browse to your newly created .vmdk. Power up the exposed VM and have fun.

Alternatively, you could just - temporarily - connect the isolated VM to a vSwitch that has access to the outside world...

Ken Cline

Technical Director, Virtualization

Wells Landers

VMware Communities User Moderator

Ken Cline VMware vExpert 2009 VMware Communities User Moderator Blogging at: http://KensVirtualReality.wordpress.com/

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If you want to avoid turning off the VM, you can always use a 3rd party app like Roxio (to dump your data into) and create an ISO, then load as a CD.

-D

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