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Hi Experts,

I need some help with a system disk running low on capacity on a server VM. The thing is this Vm is a guest on ESX 3.5 and im using a Windows 8 laptop and I suspect the message I get that the "VcxClient has stopped working" when I try to connect to the Host.

I cant RDP to the Server possibly due to the capacity issues. So I was thinking if there is a way I could connect to the vm through PowerCLi and go through the vm's c:\ and clear out anything that is not required. I've successfully connected to the host using Connect-VIServer, though I'm not sure how I would connect to the guest vm and view its c:\

Im using PowerCLi 5.5 1 and tried using the Get-VM “GuestName” | Open-VMConsoleWindow but I'm not sure its supported by the version of ESX. as I get the below message.

Open-VMConsoleWindow : The method is not supported in the API version 2.5u2.
At line:1 char:17
+ get-vm VMS006 | Open-VMConsoleWindow
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Open-VMConsoleWindow], NotSupportedException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.NotSupportedException,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.OpenVMConsoleWindow

Thanks in advance for the assistance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You could look at using the following:-

It's also worth looking at The free VMware Guest Console

http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vgc

it will allow you to browse the VM file system
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by:damejen
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Hi Andrew,

Great tool to use, thanks for the help, I have been able to  clear the capacity issue on the guest vm. Just out of curiosity is there a cmdlet to connect to the guest and view the contents of the c:\ or any other disk on the guest vm?

Thanks for the help.
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