Howto add FTP server in ESXi 5.x to support Fast Download/Upload of VM / Images

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Yesterday I was trying to upload a 450GB VMDK file to ESXi host. (Actually it was VHD file and I converted it to VMDK using starwind converter), and it was uploading dead slow and showed countless hours to complete the upload.  After some googling I found that generally it takes too much time to Upload/Download any VM/ISO File FROM/TO ESXi host. I also tried VEEAM FASTSCP free tool but no avail. It still works very slow.

However if you add FTP service to your ESXi server, and use ftp client to upload/download files, then the upload/download will be much faster.  ProFTPD runs good in ESXi 5.x and offers high transfer rate over normal transfers.
As showed in the image below . . .

Upload to ESXi Host using VsphereClient

9.8Mb

Upload to ESXi Host using FTP Client [After adding FTP service in ESXi]

27mb

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To add FTP Service, use…

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