Transfer VMs from one location to aa remote site, esxi 4

I am running esxi 4 at remote sites and need to copy a server from one site to another. The converter will not work across the router even though I have a 20 MB VPN that is open for all IP traffic between them.

Any suggestions on haw to accomplish this task.
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Vijay kumar MohanrajCloud ArchitechCommented:

HI Below,

Actually i was not aware for your environment design, i have give 4 option to fixed this also please go though below link

option 1:
you can use the Veem SCP tool to copy the VM to  locally and then copy to remote location.

Option : 2
You'll want to use "vmkfstools -i /path/to/source.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/vmfsname/vmname/dest.vmdk" to move the vm disk file from local storage to VMFS. I always install ESX on local drives and allocate remaining space when partitioning at install to /images to make stuff like this easier. Which ever way you decide you will need to use vmkfstools.

Option 3:

unregister the VM  to the particular ESX server and register to the designation ESX host.

Option 4:

You can use Storage replication in between the 2 sites.

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The only options I can think of for this are Veeam FastSCP as "mail..." suggested above and to try a different converter tool...Vizioncore's vConverter (

The potential problem with using Veeam FastSCP is you may have to enable SSH on each host (I forgot if that is needed or not...I'm not at my lab office to test that). To enable SSH, you would have to be able to access the console of your hosts directly...that may be the problem, unless you have an IP KVM or iLO?

The last way to copy your VMs is to use WinSCP...that I do know needs SSH to be enabled on your hosts.

jimmylew52Author Commented:

Please elaborate on

Option 4:

You can use Storage replication in between the 2 sites.

I have been trying the some of the other options with out success.
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If I understand his post correctly...he was referring to storage vMotion? If so, that is not possible with ESXi free.

Power Off the VM.
1. From Edit VM settings note down the Virtula Machine folder path and any drives stored on different datastore (If any)
2. Delete the VM from inventory
3. Copy the VM file to the other location using Veen Fastscp (free tool)
4. On the remote ESX server, browse the datastore (where you copied the VM files) , find the vm configuration file .vmx, rightclik and add to inventory.
5 . From the edit VM settings , add any addtionla disks (if any)
You have the VM ready o the remote site.
jimmylew52Author Commented:

I am willing to purchase software to facilitate this project. Will the essentials package include vmotion?
Unfortunately, no. You need a minimum of Advanced Edition for VMotion.
jimmylew52Author Commented:
My thanks to all for the information.
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