USB Drive connect to Virtual Windows 2003 Server

Hi,

Is there a way to connect an external USB drive to a VMWare Virtual Server 2003? I just converted a P2V Server but I have a USB Drive that was connected to this server. I'd like to connect this USB drive back to the newly converted VM Server. Is there a way to connect this external USB Drive?

Any comments or suggestion will be helpful.

Thank you.
Collin
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coolsport00Commented:
What are you using by VMware...ESX or ESXi, or something else? You can try 1 of 2 options - VMDirectPath or SSH command Line (contingent on that your ESX/i host supports IOMMU). See each link below:
http://www.petri.co.il/vmware-esxi4-vmdirectpath.htm
http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Software/VMWare/Copy-files-to-USB-drive-under-VMware-ESX4-ESXi4-vSphere-console.html

If it doesn't work with either of these options, it won't work at all. USB is still "officially" not supported.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
I am using an ESXi 4 version. I will try this in the morning.

Thanks.
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coolsport00Commented:
OK; yeah...those are really your only 2 options with ESX/i. The only other alternative is to use VMware Server (http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/2_0), V2V (or copy it using Veeam FastSCP, http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp.html) your current VM using Standalone Converter (http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/converter401/dGhiZHRwaGJ0QGg=) to the workstation hosting VMware Server and connect the USB drive to the VMware Server host.

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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
I am placing this Server in the cluster. But I will try sometime today or tomorrow the recommendation you posted.
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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
It seem that USB external drive is not fully supported with the ESX4i. The information provided was helpful but it will requires some tweaking. The USB drive I have is for CYA and we decided to not attach the USB drive.

I hope VM will have some improvement in this area.
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coolsport00Commented:
Me too! :)

~coolsport00
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