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Esxi host not allowing file copy after IP change

Posted on 2010-09-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi All

I have a newly built Esxi 4 host server - it picks up a valid dhcp address and gives itself a hostname of localhost.4d....   At this stage I can Fastscp to it and copy a file from another host or my PC to the local storage on the Host.   When I change the IP address to a static address and reboot - I can still log into it using the VI Client and Fastscp and I can see all the local storage, but, I cannot copy any more files to it.  I get an error of:  Failed to get file 'nfc://conn:......etc   Client error: NFC storage connection is unavailable......   Failed to create NFC download stream......

I have used the tech mode to get to the console and the host file shows the correct entry and the resolve file has the correct dns entries in it.
Any ideas what I can do to correct this - what has else altered with the change of IP address?
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ID: 33720613
...I have a newly built Esxi 4 host server - it picks up a valid dhcp address and gives itself a hostname of localhost.4d....

If it is a host server, you never run host server on dhcp without a host name. May be I don't understand your statement correctly. Otherwise, always use static IP for your host and make sure it has a legitimated host name.


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ID: 33723202
Hi, I know this too - it is not my intention to run on dhcp and no host name, hence my question - what changes that makes the host storage unable to be copied to once I have change the host IP and Name?
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ID: 33723895
You can try this. Turn off your vm. From VC, go to Edit Settings --> SCSI Controller 0. Under SCSI Controller Type, if it is not LSI Logic, you then change the type to LSI Logic. OK and try it again.

You can also use VM Converter to clone vm from one host to another. VM converter is free and works well with ESXi.

Other way of deployment if you have Virtual Center (license)
Instead of using Veeam to copy and transfer the vm image, all you need to do is Deploy a VM from Virtual Center. The different between clone and deploy is in deployment, you have an option to change IP, host name and even Sysprep on the fly.

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ID: 33724803
Hi Kevin

It is not a VM it is the host - it look like the ssl certificate is not reflecting the change to the host name and ip address and therefore will not allow copying to its disks.  I can't see how to update the certificate though.  I will try your suggestion of vconverter though - thanks, I had forgotten about that option.   The esxi server is for development so therefore no licence for vcenter.

Author Comment

ID: 33744609

I have tried vConvertor and it works, however I have noticed another anomoly related to the change of IP and Name - prior to the change an snmp request shows the OS as linux and the domain as localdomain, after the request snmp does not show any details - very odd!
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lnkevin earned 1500 total points
ID: 33744813
that's odd! I haven't paid attention to SNMP, but you can always reverse it. Glad to hear it works for you.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 33745343
Although I have part of a solution, the original quest remains unanswered.

Thank you to Kevin for his time and pointer.

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