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vsphere 5.5 web client download files from data store

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Hi

I have vsphere 5.5 and I'm trying to download the VM files from the data store to my local machine but I only see an 'upload a file to the datastore' and not a download.  Is there a way to download files in the web client?

The other issue is that when trying to use the fat client, I get the cert popup but it doesn't allow me to click ignore or anything else.  I don't know if this is my server hanging up or what.

any ideas?

Tony
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Make sure that the  VMware Client Integration Plugin are installed, because this plugin, it's responsible for file transfers.

Highlight the file you need to download, e.g. Right Click the file, and you will see an option comes up with a Download Arrow, to download the file.

Download from Datastore
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by:tonyjoewalker
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Thank you!  What if I'm trying to download all the VM files (folder) for a particular vm (in this case a Big IP appliance)?  Do I have to do each file individually?  When I highlight more than one file in the folder and right-click I get a 'no actions available'.

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Or maybe I'm being retarded.  What is the minimum files I need to copy and import the vm files into a different vsphere environment?  trying to migrate it across the country with the least pain.

Thank you!!
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You will only need the VMX file, and VMDK files.

(you cannot select multiple files with the Web Client)

Exporting to OVF maybe easier!

(which ever you find easier!)
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Thank you again!  Exporting to OVF is a great idea, but it is grayed out.  Does the vm have to be powered off?  If that's the case, then I'll need to export the files.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Yes, you need to power off the VM!
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ok, thank you!
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Thank you!
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