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Upload files to vmware ESXi datastore: Different methods

Copying files to VMware Datastores is an easy task. Here in this article, I am showing 3 different methods to upload files to VMware datastores, You can use these methods to copy offline bundle zip, VIB, VMDK or ISO files. Ifyou are using VMWare vSphere web client to upload files to datastore, make sure DNS server entry is added for esxi server in DNS server

Method 1

Login to Vmware Vsphere web client, Select Esxi server or datastore, on the Configure tab / Manage tab for esxi, Select Storage/ Datastores, right click datastore, where you want to upload files, click Browse Files from context menu. 

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Next this shows the Files and folder inside select datastore, click upload a file to the Datastore button. This popup opens new browse file wizard, From list select the file you want to upload and click open.

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Next you can monitor the progress of uploading file on selected datastore.

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SubMethod 1.1

In case if you have standalone Esxi server and no vCenter is available, connect directly to Esxi using url https://esxi002.vcloud-lab.com/ui. here you should aware of root password. Files can be copied on directly connected Esxi. As shown in the screenshot, go to storage, double click the the datastore where you want to copy files, select Datastore browser, next from the wizard upload the file, it takes time based on file size.

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Method 2

In the next method, File can be uploaded using winscp or any other tool which supports SCP protocol, to use winscp enable SSH service on the esxi first VMWARE SECURITY BEST PRACTICES: POWERCLI ENABLE OR DISABLE ESXI SSH. Login to the ESXi using root password or with domain account. Drag and drop the selected file to right hand side on ESXi server, All the datastores are mounted under /vmfs/volumess.

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Method 3

This method is my favorite one of using VMware Vsphere powercli to upload files on datastore, VMWARE VSPHERE POWERCLI INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION STEP BY STEP. first use Connect-VIServer command to login either vCenter or Esxi server where you want to upload copy file. Once logged in successful, Run command to show valid powershell datastore drives.
Get-PSDrive -PSProvider VimDatastore

Next to list the files and folder within directory use below command, Here from GUI you can see how folder path is listed under datastores view and it consist of foldername, datacenter and datastore name.
dir vmstore:\India\Pune\Share-Disk01

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In the directory listing I can see the files files and folder, One screenshot is from commandline and another is from vsphere web client. I have already downloaded required vib zip files under folder on my windows system C:\temp\EsxiApps. Start copying file using below command.
Copy-DatastoreItem -Item C:\Temp\EsxiApps\VIb.zip -Destination vmstore:\India\Pune\Share-Disk01

List the directory items using below command again. File should be listed and you can verify the saem from GUI.
dir vmstore:\India\Pune\Share-Disk01

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In the next command I am using same task but different way, mounting datastore drive in PowerCLI,
Get-Datastore Share-Disk01 | New-DatastoreDrive -Name DS

Drive is mounted and This command list the new mapped drive.
Get-PSDrive -PSProvider VimDatastore

Now I can directly list the files and folder from the new mapped drive.
Dir Ds:\

And use simmilar drive to copy files to destination mapped drive.
Copy-DatastoreItem -Item C:\Temp\EsxiApps\VIBfile.zip -Destination DS:\
Dir Ds:\

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In the last one of the method I even used is login to NFS server or upload files to NFS drive directly and copy files. Microsoft Windows 2016 Install and configure NFS server for ESXi and Linux.

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