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Hello,

We need to copy a virtual machine from one datastore to another.  i do not have much experience with linux commands nor do i know how to setup a scheduled task on linux.  Does anyone know how i can set up a script to

1) shutdown virtual server
2) copy folder and contents
3) turn on virtual server

I know how to do this with vmware server but no clue with esxi.  any help will be appreciated.
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vmwarun - Arun earned 2000 total points
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I am not sure about scripts.

The alternative is to use VMware vConverter to copy/move the VM from one source to another.

Steps

1.Shutdown the VM
2.Use VMware vConverter to select the Host on which the VM is located.
3.Move the VM to the desired location.

Another alternative is to just shutdown the VM and use Veeam FastSCP or WinSCP to copy the VMX and VMDK File from the source location to the destination.
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Thanks, I will test out the vConverter

what i did was install the RCLI and ran the following command:

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware VI Remote CLI\bin>vmkfstools.pl --server esxiserver --username root --password ****** i /vmfs/volumes/4a0370bc-0bad878d-612b-00237def56e6/SERVER01/SERVER01.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/4a0370d7-8df714f7-5124-00237def56e6/vm-backup/SERVER01/SERVER01.vmdk -d thin -a lsilogic

I just had to do it for each hard drive.  also, using datastore1 and datastore2 did not work, it had to be the actual GUID folder name
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