Using seperate commputer, mount VMDK file on hard drive removed from WMware ESXI sever

Posted on 2009-12-25
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Hello Experts,
Is there a way to mount a VMDK file created on a non-raid SATA disk on my ESXI server if I remove it from the ESXI server completly and using a SATA to USB convertor cable, connect it to a seperate workstation running XP?

I am wondering as I am testing disaster recovery scenerios. Thanks!
Question by:JohnnyD74
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ryder0707 earned 2000 total points
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By right we there are no other OS/application that can read vmfs directly
That is why if we were to boot esx/esxi server with knoppix live cd or other bootable cd, we cant see any vmfs partition
But there is a special driver from a comp called "fluid operations" to overcome this problem,  we can now mount vmfs volume under Windows or Linux
Check out http://code.google.com/p/vmfs/

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Thank you!

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