Access VMware datastore with WinSCP (enable SSH)

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WinSCP is a convenient way to download and upload files to VMware datastores. To connect with WinSCP you have to enable SSH on your VMware host (it is disabled by default):

  • Login to your VMware host locally
    VMware ESXi 5.5.0

  • Press F2 to Customize System
    F2 - Customize System / View Logs
  • Provide root password
    Provide VMware root password
  • Navigate to Troubleshooting Options > Enable SSH and press Enter
    VMware - Enable SSH

Now you should be able to connect with WinSCP. Don't forget to disable SSH when you finish all file transfers.

VMware ESXi 5.5


# kevin 2015-07-21 20:03

if you have standard storage setup.
# deli-ibo 2015-06-01 13:57
Exactly! "What folder are the datastores listed under?"
+1 # WSG 2014-04-23 18:58
What folder are the datastores listed under?


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