GazOakley
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Copying files between datastores

I've just watched the client doing a copy between datastores using the Copy_Task - which works succesfully. When I try it via the SOAP interface myself though it doesn't work. Here's the request I'm sending:

REQUEST: $VAR1 = 'POST https://docsserver1.testing.local/sdk

Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8"

SOAPAction: "urn:vim25/4.0"

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/"

xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"

xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

<soapenv:Body>

<Copy_Task xmlns="urn:internalvim25"><_this type="FileManager">ha-nfc-file-manag

er</_this>

<sourcePath>[vmstore] VM2</sourcePath><sourceDatacenter type="Datacenter">ha-dat

acenter</sourceDatacenter>

<destinationPath>[datastore1] VM2</destinationPath><fileType>File</fileType><for

ce>false</force></Copy_Task></soapenv:Body></soapenv:Envelope>

';

RESPONSE: $VAR1 = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenc="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/encoding/"

xmlns:soapenv="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/"

xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"

xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

<soapenv:Body>

<soapenv:Fault><faultcode>ServerFaultCode</faultcode><faultstring>destinationPat

h</faultstring><detail><InvalidRequestFault xmlns="urn:internalvim25" xsi:type="

InvalidRequest"></InvalidRequestFault></detail></soapenv:Fault>

</soapenv:Body>

</soapenv:Envelope>';

Unable to copy VM2 to VM2:

destinationPath

Here's what the client is doing:

POST /sdk HTTP/1.1

User-Agent: VMware VI Client/4.0.0

Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8"

SOAPAction: "urn:internalvim25/4.0"

Host: docsserver1.testing.local

Cookie: vmware_soap_session="5205f714-4967-1661-4728-50f54a9750d5"

Content-Length: 636

<soap:Envelope xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:soap="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">

<soap:Body>

<Copy_Task xmlns="urn:internalvim25">

<_this xsi:type="FileManager" type="FileManager" serverGuid="">ha-nfc-file-manager</_this>

<sourceDatacenter type="Datacenter" serverGuid="">ha-datacenter</sourceDatacenter>

<sourcePath>[vmstore] VM2</sourcePath>

<destinationPath>[datastore1] VM2</destinationPath>

<force>false</force>

<fileType>File</fileType>

</Copy_Task>

</soap:Body>

</soap:Envelope>

It gets back a valid response:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:56:21 GMT

Cache-Control: no-cache

Content-Type: text/xml; charset=utf-8

Content-Length: 466

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenc="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/encoding/"

xmlns:soapenv="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/"

xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"

xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

<soapenv:Body>

<Copy_TaskResponse xmlns="urn:internalvim25"><returnval type="Task">haTask--vim.FileManager.copy-1852798755</returnval></Copy_TaskResponse>

</soapenv:Body>

</soapenv:Envelope>

I'm sending what appears to be the exact same thing as the client, but it doesn't seem to work. Any ideas?

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njain
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Expert

Hi,

Copy_Task is an internal API that is used by VI Client to copy the files between datastores. This API is not exposed in the WSDL. VI APIs provide CopyDatastoreFile_Task method that can be used to copy the file from one datastore to another.

http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vc-sdk/visdk400pubs/ReferenceGuide/vim.FileManager.html#copy...

You can also refer to the following thread for sample code:

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1130213

Hope this information is helpful.

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