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Creating a Clone VM from template VM using SSH console error DiskLib_Check()

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Hi All,

I'm now using ESXi 3.5 u4 and I've enabled the SSH connection,

in a Putty console, I execute the following command:

# vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/WinXPProSP3_vmxp00_ _/vmfs/volumes/MD3000i_VMFS/WinXPProSP3_vmxp01

to copy _WinXPProSP3_vmxp00_ virtual directory into my SAN-VMFS but then I got this error:

DiskLib_Check() failed for source disk The file specified is not a virtual disk (15).

is there any better way of doing it without vCenter license ?

or i shall just use

cp -r
/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/VM_Templates/*<SOURCE>*
/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/*<DESTINATION>*

instead ?

Thanks.
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or using any freeware tools which can performs cloning would be lovely, apart from FastSCP (it hangs when i tried to copy 100 GB + VM from my Local Server to my SAN datastore).
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When using vmkfstools you need to provide both a source and destination .vmfs file. So here is a sample command

vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/WinXPProSP3/WinXPProSP3.vmfs /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/WinXPProSP3_2/WinXPProSP3_2.vmfs

The new directory must also be created before running the command
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sorry made a typo

.vmfs should be .vmdk

vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/WinXPProSP3/WinXPProSP3.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/WinXPProSP3_2/WinXPProSP3_2.vmdk
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.vmfs file ?

i thought only the directory content would be sufficient enough ?
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No you must specify the vmdk hard drive that you want to clone.
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You can also use the VMware vConverter 4.0 to clone a Virtual Machine.
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