I’ve been reading about the release of a public beta of Veeam FastSCP 3. Sander, Arne and the guys over at VMBlog.com all made a blogpost about this release. Duncan jumped in and compares FastSCP to WinSCP. I’d like to pick up on that with the following post:

What’s wrong with the Datastore Browser?

I’ve used many filetransfer programs like WinSCP and Veeam’s FastSCP, but only to compensate for the lack of any form of interaction within the VMware Infrastructure Client’s Datastore Browser.

Since VMware released it’s 3.5 branch of ESX, it has been possible to use the Datastore browser for simple upload, download, move and delete operations. I find the speed of the Datastore Browser comparable to Veeam FastSCP.

Simply because VMware provides in a sufficient alternative to manage files on datastores, I never used FastSCP (or WinSCP for that matter) anymore. Why should I?

I always have had a grudge against FastSCP, because I find their use of the term ‘SCP’ misleading. FastSCP uses a SCP control channel to negotiate credentials, but uses a unencrypted channel to transfer the data.

The datastore browser does in fact do the same thing: when logging in with the VIClient, the credentials are negotiated using SSL, while the actual filetransfer is done using the NFC (Network File Copy) over port 902.

While Veeam FastSCP can be using for things like host-to-host datacopy, and generally has some more options, I doubt that I’ll ever use them. I just  feel safer using the Datastore Browser. Why use a 3rd party product if the supplied product is just as good?