copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

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copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

Veeam Logoby rschmid » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:44 am

Hello,

I need to copy my virtual disk from one VM to another VM. Both VMs are running on different vSphere Hosts.
Do just select my hdd.vmdk copy and paste it or do I have to copy files like *.vmx or *.nvram?

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Re: copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

Veeam Logoby vmniels » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:45 am

If it's only the disk you need, then the VMDK is fine. VMX is the configuration file so no need for it.
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Re: copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:01 am

You need to copy flat VMDK and its descriptor, and then add it to another VM.
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Re: copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

Veeam Logoby rschmid » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:40 am

how do I identify its descriptor?

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Re: copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:44 am

Usually it has the same name as the flat disk, but with a relatively small size > https://venthusiastic.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/vmdk/
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Re: copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

Veeam Logoby rschmid » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:58 am

Fileserver-VM-1_1-flat.vdmk (5.120.00 GB)
Fileserver-VM-1_1.vdmk (0,58 KB)

like above pasted example, thank you now I understand it.

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Re: copy vmdk file from a VM to another (ESXi)

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:00 pm

If you want to schedule a copy operation of the disk, then you can use replication job (just pick the virtual disk you need) and then attach the replicated disk to a new VM.
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