There doesn't appear to be any ftp server rpm on the install CD. Why is it so important to have ftp running?
perhaps for a scripted installation ? (LOLLOL)
I got this from the docs:
To enable FTP:
Log in to the management interface as root.
Click the Options tab.
Click Security Settings.
On the Security Settings page, click Custom.
Select Enable FTP services.
Click OK to save the setting.
FTP can be enabled in this way, yes, but it still will not work because the FTP daemon is not installed by default on ESX3.
FYI, with version 3.0 there is no MUI anymore. There is a client similar to Virtual Center only. It is called VIC ( Virtual Infrastructure Client) and that option isn't in there. Just installed it today, so I sure.
I hope this helps
Go to www.rpmfind.net and find an appropriate ftp daemon RPM to download for the service console (2.4.21 kernel).
Alternatively, you can always try to pull down the vsftpd daemon from the Centos distribution (RHEL3 compatible) and see if that works, since the VMNIX COS is based on RHEL3.
Hope this helps.
Paul Lalonde's suggestion will work. If you can locate the current RPM for vsftpd for RHES3 (I did so via rhn.redhat.com), you can scp it to the ESX 3 host, and install it using 'rpm -ivh '. Once it's installed, 'service vsftpd start'. Note that you'll have to create a local user account to ftp with, since root FTP access is disabled.