I have successfuly attached my external USB to a W8 VM as per hanccocka's instructions in Tutorials.
However if possible I would rather format my 2 TB USB external hard drive and connect to ESXi so I could copy either a Clone or Template of my virtual machines to it. My datastore has some room, but I would rather save it to add to DC01, FS01 & AP01 if needed. Or any new VMs needed in the future. Datastore is not on a NAS, but is on the server disk space.
Is this possible on the free ESXi? If so, how hould I proceed and what format should the drive be formatted in?
My virtual machines have their data backed up using DPM 2007 so if I could created a Template or clone to take off site, then it would be a simple matter to get the VMs up to-date and running after a disaster.