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Backup VMs to external hard drive on VMware ESXi 3.5 update3

jacksch4820 asked
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I want to add an external usb drive to my VMware ESXi 3.5 update3 host and download vms to external drive.

Please explain how i can do this
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za_mkhIT Manager


You can use the Beta version of the Veeam FastSCP tool to do this:
Look at these links that I helped others with for a similar request:
Hope this helps!


I dont want to copy data over network I want to connect external USB hard drive directly to vmware host
za_mkhIT Manager

VMWare ESX doesn't really support USB hosts that well. If you are insistent on doing it that way, the only thing that you can do is to power off your ESX server when you want to do backups, boot up with a LiveCD of sorts and then backup your VM's that way.
I would recommend that you backup your VM's over the network.
There is this thread that could also help you!


I tried veeam FastSCP but when connecting to vmware host get error channel has been closed see attachment for error. I enabled SSH test with putty works great I also tried downloading my vm by shutting it down connect with VI client to host and click on database and download but get error I/O error logged in with root  please explain
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Since you are you ESXi,are you using the Beta version of the Veeam Fast SCP tool? Only the beta copy supports ESXi at the moment ... the link to it is listed in my first post to you ...

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yes using beta version of veam fast scp
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