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Backing up VM Files using Datastore Browser

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I'm using the Datastore Browser in the VI client to manually back up a Virtual Machine.

Presently it's downloading a file Server_1-flat.vmdk but when I look at the datastore there's no such file in the VM folder on ESXi, nor in any of the other folders.

Downloading in the Datastore Browser doesn't move the files, right, just copies them.

Is there some change that happens to the files when downloaded?

The VM isn't running.

The host is ESXi 3.5.  VI Client connected directly to host.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You are correct, the virtual disk is made up of two files

Server_1-flat.vmdk and Server_1.vmdk, using the datastore browser hides these files, and just shows one virtual disk (vmdk) file, if you were to login via SSH or at the Console, and check the vmfs volumes, you would see the two virtual disk files.

Downloading the files in the datastore browser, does just copy the files.

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Provided good carification ofthe process.
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