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Managing VM using VMWare ESXi

Hi,

I'd like to know, how does people do in creating a guest VM from a VM_Template in ESXi 3.5 ?
previously i was using VMWare Server 2.0 and it worked by just copy paste the directory and then renaming the directory and files and the most important thing is that customizing the .VMX file

is there any simple way of doing it ?
I'm using Veeam FastSCP at the moment for copy pasting from my machine to the ESXi 3.5u4 Server.

Thanks
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jjoz
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Are you using Virtual Center to manage your ESX Hosts ?
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jjozAuthor Commented:
not at the moment and we're not planning to do it until next year or so.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
I tried the following method like what i usually do in VMWare server 2.0 and it failed miserably:
 
 1. renaming the file and the dir.
 2. editing the .VMX file

  I even do the full SCP copy using Veeam FastSCP but it is very time consuming to copy the whole set of Directory and then perform the editing as above :-| and then copy it over the network again.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
damn >_< the fast SCP copy causing me the BSoD on my laptop
OK, last question is that, is it possible to put a USB2 external drive in ESXi host to be use for file migration ?
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
If you need to deploy VMs from a Template, I suggest that you use VMware vConverter 4.0.

ESX supports USB Devices but ESXi does not support USB Devices.

USB Device Support within VMware ESX - http://knowledge.xtravirt.com/white-papers/esx-3x.html
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jjozAuthor Commented:
ok, so in conclusion there will be no easy way in doing this VM Template management using ESXi + FastSCP :-|
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Templates and Clones are always easier when you have VirtualCenter in place, but you have already updated stating that you currently have no plans of using VC at the Moment.

The alternative is to use Vmware vConverter 4.0.

Please note that when you deploy new Windows VMs , kindly use SysPrep so that they SIDs and other system related properties do not conflict with other similarly deployed clones.

Syspep - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577
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jjozAuthor Commented:
ah, yes,
because in VMware Server 2.0 it is easy to just add the VM by browsing to the .VMX file
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jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks for your help Arun.
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