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We just received a new massive server and are currently moving our VMs into it. However one of our ESXi has a faulty disk and has some VMs that already failed a couple of times.

Currently we use scp in order to move the machines, as using VMware converter will require 3 machines instead of two (and we don't have an extra machine for that process online 24/7)

However, as for this VM I don't think that scp will manage to transfer such amount of data, we have already tried it on some dummy machine created on the faulty-disk-ESXi and it failed,

I do not want to use dd, I only wish to move the VMs (there are many on this machine, and I'm only interested in a couple of them) , so clonezilla/ghost/etc are out of the race too

I'm looking for a better, realiable, solution than scp that will transfer large amount of data w/o failing from several disk reads

I was wondering if anyone in serverfault could hint for a better solution that might succeed ?

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Here is a hint for a better solution: Restore from backups –  pauska Apr 2 '12 at 8:50
    
You're likely to encounter the same problems regardless of the tool or method you use, but you could try this: trilead.com –  joeqwerty Apr 2 '12 at 10:46
    
whats the error code on the scp transfers? –  tony roth Apr 2 '12 at 17:56
    
resource busy or unavailable –  dotdot Apr 3 '12 at 8:17
    
I'd still say you DS is bad and that you'll only get garbage from it at this point. –  tony roth Apr 3 '12 at 13:33

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If the VMDKs are faulty due to physical disk errors, then your data is lost.

Restore from backups.

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THe VMDK aren't faulty due to physical disk errors, but I know that some reads will fail and thus make the transfer corrupt or stop at some stage. I'm looking for a better, realiable, solution than scp that will transfer large amount of data w/o failing from several disk reads –  dotdot Apr 2 '12 at 9:42
    
So why are they faulty ? –  adaptr Apr 2 '12 at 9:55
    
They are not faulty. The disk read fail from time to time when doing large scale read/writes... –  dotdot Apr 2 '12 at 10:54
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I think you should make this very clear in the original question, since it indicates something is wrong in your Vm setup. I also don't see how you can blatantly contradict "However one of our ESXi has a faulty disk and has some VMs that already failed a couple of times.":) –  adaptr Apr 2 '12 at 13:10

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