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    access datastore esxi

    mib1964 Novice

       

      how can i copy a file to my esxi datastore from my workstation windows xp ?

       

       

       

       

       

        • 1. Re: access datastore esxi
          Kiil Novice
          vExpert

          Maybe there are an easyer way to do this, heres one suggestion:

           

          1. Log in to the unsupported shell and enable ssh. Then you can use FastSCP/VeeamSCP to copy files.

           

          How to log into unsupported shell and enable ssh:

           

          A. At configuration screen (where you hit F2 to log in to configuration or F12 to restart/reboot), press "Alt + F1".

          B. type unsupported

          C. type your root password (you will be prompted for it)

          D. # vi /etc/inetd.conf

           

          find the line "# ssh stream tcp nowait root /sbin/dropbearmulti dropbear ++min=0" and remove # (uncomment)

           

          :wq!

           

          E. Now the inetd.conf file has to be re-read.  Find the inetd pid:

           

          1. ps x | grep inetd

          2. kill -HUP <inetd pid>

           

           

          Now you can log in with an ssh client like Putty, or you can use your favorite scp/sftp tool to copy files.

           

           

          Message was edited by: Kiil

          • 2. Re: access datastore esxi
            Erik Zandboer Master

            Hi,

             

            Copying a VM from workstation to ESX will generally NOT work (well, copying will work, but the VM will not run on ESX(i)). Fortunately, it is made VERY simple if you use converter Point to the workstation VM, point to the ESXi host, and press CONVERT... Works like a dream without issues!

            • 3. Re: access datastore esxi
              mib1964 Novice

               

              it does'nt work, i have the message

               

               

              connexion rejected on 172.18.1.35:22

               

               

              ??

               

               

              • 4. Re: access datastore esxi
                Erik Zandboer Master

                 

                What does not work? Check the previous post, copying a workstation VM to ESX(i) will not work. Use converter instead.

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: access datastore esxi
                  mib1964 Novice

                   

                  Hi,

                   

                   

                  after a reboot, the message is "channel has been closed"

                   

                   

                  what does it means ?

                   

                   

                  • 6. Re: access datastore esxi
                    mib1964 Novice

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    hi,

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    when i try to connect with Fastscp, the message is 'the channel is closed"

                     

                     

                    • 7. Re: access datastore esxi
                      mib1964 Novice

                       

                      when i try to convert, i dont know what is the destination  "Location" in step 2 ?

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      • 8. Re: access datastore esxi
                        Erik Zandboer Master

                        The destination would be your ESXi host, so use the IP address of the management internface of your ESXi host there, together with its credentials.

                        • 9. Re: access datastore esxi
                          marvinms Hot Shot

                          Maybe I am missing what you are asking but, if you are logged into the VI Client, you could simply browse the data store and upload files from the PC you are connecting from.

                           

                          Connect to the host, click the Configuration tab, then "Storage" under the Hardware window. You should be able right click on the data store in the right pane and transfer files.

                           

                          Good luck,

                          • 10. Re: access datastore esxi
                            Kiil Novice
                            vExpert

                             

                            Are there any firewalls between your desktop and the ESXi host ?

                             

                             

                            As other said, you cannot just copy VMware Workstation VM's directly and use them in ESX, you have to convert them. 

                             

                             

                            So, maybe I misunderstood what you wanted, because I just thought you wanted copy a file...for some reason :-\

                             

                             

                            /Kiil

                             

                             

                            • 11. Re: access datastore esxi
                              mib1964 Novice

                               

                              ok, now it's working with the VI Client.

                               

                               

                              but, how can i use the convert directly to send my image in my esxi  datastore ??

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              • 12. Re: access datastore esxi
                                fox15rider Lurker

                                You cannot use the VM Converter to convert a physical workstation directlly to an ESXi machine.  Your VM Desktop image should give you an option to convert to VMware Infrastructure Virtual Machine on the destination screen.  On the next screen put the IP address of your ESXi box along with its root username and password.

                                • 13. Re: access datastore esxi
                                  nick.couchman Champion
                                  fox15rider wrote:

                                  You cannot use the VM Converter to convert a physical workstation directlly to an ESXi machine.

                                   

                                  Really?  Because I've done exactly that - installed the VMware Converter agent onto a physical machine, then pointed VMware Converter at it for the source, then at the ESX(i) server for the destination and converted it just fine...

                                   

                                   

                                  • 14. Re: access datastore esxi
                                    fox15rider Lurker

                                    My bad I didnt finish my sentance..  You cannot use the converter to convert to a physical box to a ESXi box unless you have the paid version of the VM Converter.

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