How to connect a 2TB External HD to my ESXi 5 server so that my VM's can see it?

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a ESXi 5 Server that I would like to attach my 2TB external HD to so that my file server(VM) can see the drive.  Is there a way for me to do this?  I tried going into vCenter an enabling the USB controller but nothing is happening, I see where the VM acknowledge there is a usb device attached but it will not show me the drive in computer manager.  Am I missing something?  Thanks!

The file server is Windows 2008.
Question by:CervisTECH
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    by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
    My ESXi is rusty but I'm not sure you can get there:

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    This can be done but I use vSphere client to manage my ESXi 4.1 setup.
    In vSphere client 4.1.0 you edit the settings of your VM and add the USB controller. Once the VM OS installs the drivers for the controller, go back to settings and add USB Device, then click next. The next screen should list any usb devices attached to the host. I assume the steps will be similar in the newer vSphere client or perhaps vCenter has add USB Device as an option.

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    If I connect to the ESXi 5 server from a desktop that has the vSphere client on it and the USB device it works. It will pick up all of the devices from that local host.  What I am trying to do is connect to a USB device that is connected to my ESXi Server.  I want to be able to attach from vSphere on my local desktop to be able to connect the USB device located on my remote ESXi server (2TB External HD).  Is this possible, if so how?  Thanks!

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    Sorry I wasn't clear on that. My USB external hard drive is connected directly to the ESXi server, not my workstation running the vSphere client.
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    I do this every day . For remote bulk data add in a Datacenter
    After you added the USB controller in the Vm Settings did you add a USB Device ? And when you selected the USB device did the ESX tell you the brand or type of USB device there are connected to the ESXi Host ?


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    Thanks for your help!!

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