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Downloading copies of virtual disk files from VMWare datastore

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Hello.
I'm running vmware ESX server on a Dell box which is hosting 3 host of mine.
I would like to download copies of the .vmdk files from the datastore.  When select the big files to download within seconds it times out.  what can I do to be able to backup these file? I don't have Vcenter.
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Export VMs as OVF or use VMware Converter to "Export" VM.

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I don't have that export option.  Im using vmware 3.5
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I will try the vCenter free trial version. doesn't that convert your vm from 3.5 to the latest?
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You should be able to Export.
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I'm running vm on a PowerEdge 2950 which has it on a use key how would I upgrade it?
Can you provide instruction steps?
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I though you were downloading vCenter?

Here are some Backup options

VMware ESX/ESXi Backup Guide
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I will download VCenter.  I would download it on another server.

I guess my question is what is the best way to backup my vm's (be it trial VCenter, 3rd party) without affecting production?
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One method I used on ESX 3.5 was just to use an SCP program to connect to the server and download the files. You have to enable SSH to the server you want as well as be able to login with a user that has access to the files you want to download. I used WinSCP (though any SCP application should work) and had no problem copying files to and from my ESX servers.

Hope this helps.
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That's awesome Junior15.
did you experience any timeout issues? my file a 128 Gigs
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Use converter, it verfies the file, as SCP does not.
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I've never had any timeout issues or corruption problems using SCP. If the SCP connection does drop, SCP will resume (depending on the app you use).
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I've yet to try this
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thanks.
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