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Download  actual size vmdk from running vms

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How can we download/copy vmdk with actual size for running vms ?
 
any tool/feature/script we can use if i need to extract vmdk for multiple vms of vc ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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VMware Converter is the only tool if the VM is running
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Thanks Andrew , That we were actually think about

Why it is not allowing to take vmdk from running vm and why size is showing in kbs only ?

vmdk and flat.vmdk both need to be taken? if we need to use the same somewhere else on other vm specially with os drive vmdk?
 
any tool we can use here to get the same with minimal efforts
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you cannot copy a VMDK which has a running VM, because the Hypervisor OS has it locked.

Do not just manually copy VMDKs, it has it's problems.

Either backup and restore, CLONE, Export to OVF/OVA or use VMware Converter.

Those are the tools.
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Thanks
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Thanks