VMware Export multiple VM's

HI all, I was wondering the following: I need to export about 50 Vmware vSphere 4.x VM's. Problem is that I can only use 2 methods: OVF export, or using the vmkfstools within ESX. Is it possible to export multiple VM's at once? This because of the time limit I have. VM's consist of Windows and Linux OS's

Thanks all

LeonesITAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Select the virtual machine, and select Export. The exprt procedure remembers the last selections and destinations for the export.

You've got options for CPU thottling and Network Bandwidth thottling.

Are you connecting to vSphere vCenter or directly to the ESX server?

 Multiple VMs being Exported from vCenter
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bgoeringConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, but these are network based so at some point available bandwidth will be constraint on how fast you actuall get the export done.
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bgoeringCommented:
You may also want to look at Veeam FastSCP - it is free and a bit more efficient if all you want is a copy of the vm.

http://www.veeam.com
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you not have valid backups, that you could use?

Are you using the free version of ESXi?
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LeonesITAuthor Commented:
The problem is that the VM's are not in my datacenter and are managed by someone else. They are not willing to use any other tool to export the VM's. Only the tools that are already there:  vmkfstools
and/or OVF export. So how is it possible to export multiple VM's simultaniously.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you moving datacentres?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
As my fellow expert bgoering has commented, you can export multiple VMs, but the constraint will be on the resources and bandwidth you use.
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LeonesITAuthor Commented:
Well, the VM'swill be moved to another datacenter provider. The customers VM's must be moved. But we cannot access the datacenter where the VM's reside at this moment. We have to make a procedure that we will give to the datacenter provider and they will export the VM's.
We cannot access the datacentrer and we have limited info.
But what is the way to export multiple VM's simultaniously? I tried the OVF GUI: only one VM at a time.  

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In the example above, three Windows XP Virtual Machines with 12GB disks were exported simultaneously in 5 minutes. Each Windows XP has a single disk of 12GB.
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LeonesITAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. I'll divide the points. Well I think that it will be connected directly to the vCenter. I can't really tell. Does it matter for the export?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, because there is no Export function if you only connect to the server, and there's no vCenter to connect to. The Import/Export functions only exist in vSphere vCenter.
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LeonesITAuthor Commented:
Yes there is a option  if you connect directly to a ESX server.
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LeonesITAuthor Commented:
first pic is to show u that its a ESX server i am connected to. After that i select the VM and do the OVF export
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
on ESX you have the Export option, and ESXi you dont. So you are good to go. (I don't think you'll have cpu and network bandwith options).
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