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I have my VMDK/RAW files on a Linux server which is connected to a CIFS share, I want to get them copied up to the local datastore of my standalone host running ESXi 5 free. I mounted the CIFS share on my Win Desktop and used vSphere client to copy them to the datastore but it is going too slow < 1MB/s. What are my other options? Physically removing disks is not an option.

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There aren't any I'm afraid, that's as quick as it'll get unless you can copy the files to an NFS server that can act as a datastore. Others have tried SCP'ing files but it's treated as such a low priority job that it's slower than the VIClient method you're using.

You're doing all you can.

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    Doesn't FastSCP do some tricks to get higher priority? Threaded/multipart stuff.. – pauska Aug 14 '13 at 19:06
  • That's a possibility, to add that in, no experience of it myself and I'm always worried about touching an otherwise 'vanilla' host from a support perspective. – Chopper3 Aug 14 '13 at 19:25
  • Is it this slow because of some issue with the vsphere client? It says it will take 4000 minutes for 60GB! – user160910 Aug 14 '13 at 21:05
  • No, it's to discourage what you're doing - that said that is quite slow. – Chopper3 Aug 14 '13 at 22:28

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