Web-Based Datastore Browser in vSphere
There is yet another useful tool in vSphere you can leverage: Web based datastore browser. This tool allows you to use a standard Web browser to browse the datastores. You can access it using the following URL:
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After logging in using your username and password, you see a list of datacenters. Clicking on one of them yields the list of datastores in the datacenter. After clicking on any datastore, you can browse the virtual machine folders in the datastores. Further navigation shows the list of files in the folder.
The datastore browser supports the following URL pattern:
You can download and upload files using the URLs. Some VI SDK APIs, such as FileManager, use the URLs as parameters. These URLs are not easy to type in correctly, but this datastore browser helps avoid those typos.