You can download files and folders from a vSAN datastore. For more information about datastores, see vSphere Storage.
The vmdk files are downloaded as stream-optimized files with the filename
<vmdkName>_stream.vmdk. VMware stream-optimized file format is a monolithic sparse format compressed for streaming.
You can convert a VMware stream-optimized vmdk file to other vmdk file formats using the vmware-vdiskmanager command‐line utility. For more information, see Virtual Disk Manager User’s Guide.
- Navigate to vSAN Datastore.
- Click the Files tab and then click Download.
You see a message alerting you that vmdk files are downloaded from the vSAN datastores in VMware stream-optimized format with the filename extension
- Click Download.
- Locate the item to download and then click Download.