Extracting a Vsphere 6 VM to an external drive

Dear Experts,

I am currently deploying a vSphere 6 infrastructure.

 Could you please provide me the required steps indetail in order to extract-backup
  a VM(volumes/partitions) to an external usd hard drive?
 (for example in order to send it to a Cloud provider)

Thank you so much,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will need to do this, by connecting your USB External disk to your workstation, as connecting to the host server is not supported.

and then follow my EE Article, with step by step instructions, tutorial style with screenshots.

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

Make sure the VM is powered off!

You can of course just copy the files with WinSCP or Veeam fastSCP or use the datastore browser, but Export to OVF is better.

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mamelasAuthor Commented:
Dear Andrew,

Greetings and thank you for your prompt reply.

Re your above reply converting the VM to OVF the cloud provider will take that file and he will open it to his Vsphere platform. correct?

Is it possible to open and run this OVF VM using the vmWare Workstation?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
He can refer to my EE Article, and Import the OVF.

You can also Import an OVF into VMware Workstation.
mamelasAuthor Commented:
Thank you Andrew!!!
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