ESXi5 Datastore error – Expected put message. Got: ERROR

When trying to download a VMX file via the datastore browser, I was presented with the following error “Expected put message. Got: ERROR” as shown below:Expected Put Message. Got Error

This had be stumped for a moment as i have never encountered this before. The following knowledge base by VMware explains this behaviour and how to overcome.

Luckily I was in the position to power of the virtual machine and download the VMX file and power back on. Though when I tried again with the virtual machine powered back on, same issue occurred.

I did find when vMotioning between hosts (same datastore) I could then download the VMX file with the virtual machine still on.

I have read that similar people have had issues with brackets in the virtual machine name (wasn’t the case here) that can get confused with the datastores (as brackets define datastores). Might be worth watching out for this one.

This was using VMware ESXi 5.0.0 768111.

VMware vSphere 5 Course via 360gsp college

I have been wanting to do the VMware VCP 5 certification for a while, the main thing that was putting me off was the cost of the course (around £2000+). Thanks to SimonD from Certforums I have come across 360gsp college that had an appealing offer on the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] course that included a 50% discount. The training company are based in Wembley, London.

The bonus of this training provider is their flexibility of doing the course on weekends – which is great if you can’t take time of during the working week like myself.

I start this weekend 1st September 2012 for the next 4 weekends. I shall be tweeting (@ChrisLStark) my experiences and will try to do a summary up at the end.