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Old 09-25-2013, 01:25 PM   #1
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Hi there

I was wondering if one explains on how to copy iso from vmware hard disk drive on linux

so my fedora has vmware installed on which contains 3 other operating sytems installed ! how do i get the iso or the operating system images from vmware copy to my external hard disk drive or usb flash.

Thank you very much.
 
Old 09-25-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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Use the vmware mount Perl tool to mount the VMDK, then copy files from the mount point?
Boot the virtualization guest, attach an USB device and copy files to it?
Boot the virtualization guest, mount a NFS share or use SSH or FTP and copy files off of it?
 
Old 09-25-2013, 05:56 PM   #3
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I kind of get the feeling the OP want's to copy the virtual machine maybe??

If so, just take the entire folder for the vm usually and cut and paste.
 
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Use the vmware mount Perl tool to mount the VMDK, then copy files from the mount point?
Boot the virtualization guest, attach an USB device and copy files to it?
Boot the virtualization guest, mount a NFS share or use SSH or FTP and copy files off of it?
You can also configured shared directories in VMWare, so a directory on the host machine is mounted inside of the VM. So another option is to set up a shared directory, boot up the VM, and copy the iso into the hgfs mount and it'll show up in your shared directory on the host.
 
Old 09-25-2013, 06:31 PM   #5
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You can also configured shared directories in VMWare
Valid method but unfortunately that doesn't work with all VMware versions.
 
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #6
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Should be able to mount over NFS though. That doesn't require VMWare support, other than the normal networking capability.

Though in reality, you shouldn't really need it. I have done the equivalent under qemu by just creating a tar file, piped to ssh and then copied to a disk file. On my system, I just restored the tar file. Since I was using grub to boot, I restore the system to a partition, then copied the kernel/initrd to my existing /boot and added it to the grub configuration file (along with the UUID of the corresponding root filesystem). I renamed the copied mnt/boot to mnt/boot.orig, and created a /boot directory for a mountpoint - then rebooted.

In this case, if you wanted an ISO just redirect the output to either a file, or a disk (as long as it is larger than the VM disk). It should then be bootable, though the partition and filesystem information will be identical to that used by the VM.
 
  


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