I have a 700GB server image copying from one datastore to another on the same host, using the vSphere client version 5.1.

I used copy and paste. This created a task, and it's been 5 hours and only 14% of the task has completed.

I am using my laptop to perform this task, and I need my laptop to do something else that would require me to switch networks, forcing me to exit out of the vSphere client.

Question: Would the copy task be cancelled or interrupted if I close out of the client? If so, is there a workaround I can use to keep the task running and letting me exit out of the client?


If you're doing anything where you're moving data to/from the host, then no.. you cannot disconnect and resume. If the task has been backgrounded and is running on the host-only or being managed by vCenter, then you can disconnect.

A quick test of this would be to open another vSphere client session and check the task list.

  • I opened a second vSphere Client Session and the task was still running. It's all happening in the same host. Just to confirm, this would mean I am safe to disconnect correct? – Carlo71 Jun 19 '14 at 20:36
  • That is correct. – ewwhite Jun 19 '14 at 21:19
  • @ewwhite Hey man, unrelated question. How can I co-relate the hard drives in vcenter -> settings -> hardware tab to the actual partitions on disk. Do you think this warrants a separate question. I am not much good with vmware. – Soham Chakraborty Jul 1 '14 at 14:22
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    @SohamChakraborty Separate question. – ewwhite Jul 1 '14 at 14:32
  • serverfault.com/questions/609330/… Here you go, good sir. – Soham Chakraborty Jul 1 '14 at 14:45

It won't be interrupted/canceled. Its not the same as doing a upload. I assume you used copy and paste in the vSphere client.

  • Yes I did use copy and paste. It's all in the same host too. – Carlo71 Jun 19 '14 at 20:37
  • Your good to go. – Sarge Jun 19 '14 at 20:39

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