I have a ESXi 3.5 server that has 3 virtual machines on there that I cannot copy/download the virtual machine OR vmdk files from.
I have tried the following options with their results:
NOTE: all virtual machines shut down with no locks
1) Under File -> Virtual Appliance -> Export Result: failed to export virtual appliance: expected FIle_data message. Got SESSION_COMPLETE
2) Through Datastore, select individual vmdk files and attempt to "download" file.
Result: failed to download file: expected FIle_data message. Got SESSION_COMPLETE
For one particular VM which has 3 drives, I can download the second, and third vmdk files, but not the main partition.
This would possibly explain why I can't export and why it fails early on in the export process.
The other 2 Virtual machines which fail with the same errors when exporting, also receive the same error when attempting to download the vmdk file.
3) Attempted to use FastSCP to copy the files and receive errors along the lines of: "Veeam FastSCP received unexpected message  from server...."
In general, it will get a certain way through the download/copy process. One particular will always stop at the same 3.97gb of 17gb.
I need some suggestions or solutions on how to get these vmdk files moved.
NOTE: These Virtual machines work fine and startup/shutdown without issue on the current hosting ESXi server. Also, as mentioned, during any of the above options, the virtual machines are shutdown AND there is no locks files.