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External USB drive on VMWare ESXI host for guest OS?

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Is it possible to connect a USB external hard drive to a VMWare host server so that a single guest OS can access it? We have a client running Windows SBS 2011 and we want to setup a backup to disk strategy for them.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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its not recommended. if you connect a hardware, you are not able to migrate to other host unless you disconnect the device.
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@Elmar-H: That's not correct, USB devices support vMotion. See my EE Article.
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by:Elmar Koschka
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yes, you are right. But if the host fails, there is no connection to the device. no redundancy for usb...
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@Elmar-H See here, you original statement is incorrect in 37719927.

USB vMotion Support
as for your recent statement, I would be more worried about the failed host, and the failed VMs, then the USB attachments to the host. I would think that was obvious, if the host failed, USB would fail!
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