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Connect USB drive to ESXi 5.0 Server

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I'm running GhettoVCB to take snapshots of my VMs on ESXi 5.0 free version.  I'd like to put them on a USB drive for backups.  I found one article online that says to use the mount command just like I would any other LInux version, but mount seems to not be present in the VMFS kernel.  Is there a way to get the USB drive to mount so I can copy these snapshots over to the USB drive?
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by:sedberg1
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@haccocka,

thanks for the reply.  The first link is only for connecting the USB drive to a VM.  The second article doesn't work with ESXi 5.  /var/log/messages doesn't exist.  And both fdisk and sudo don't exist.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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The second articles does work with ESXi 5.0.

you need to understand there is no messages log on ESXi!

its equivalent is vmkernel.log and usb.log.

fdisk exists, and sudo is not required, if you are not logged in as root use su

BUT you be better off, connecting USB to Windows and using NFS and exporting your USB drive as NFS share for GhettoVCB datastore.
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by:sedberg1
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Let me correct that, fdisk is found, but when I connect the USB drive, I'm getting:

Found valid GPT with protective MBR: using GPT
fdisk: Sorry, can't handle GPT partitions, use partedUtil
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What partition is on your USB disk? FAT32?
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by:sedberg1
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NTFS.  I guess I need to repartition it as FAT32 on a Windows machine first?  Also, I wanted to test this to backup VMs that were much larger than the 4 GB file size restriction on FAT32 volumes.  Is there a way around that problem?
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only FAT32 supported
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