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Attach USB EXT to Esxi 5.1

Wondering if its possible to attach a USB EXT drive to esxi 5.1 for the purpose of taking copies of some of our VDMKs etc?

Not referring to pass through to VMs.

I have seen some console syntax etc but it looks a little complex (limited linux knowledge=)

Is there a way to get the device and attach it as storage then manage it in Vsphere 5 datastore browser?  WE can do this with an internal sata drive but not usb.

  Then we can copy shutdown VMS etc Move ISOs etc directly from the USB rather than over the network?
2 vms I have are over 800G now and very large.

Thanks!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
the biggest issue, is you can attach an external USB device to ESXi 5.0 (unsupported) BUT, it only supports FAT32, not NTFS, and therefore you will be restricted to FAT32 file limits.

see this EE article

Copy files to USB drive under VMware ESX4/ESXi4 (vSphere) console
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
Thanks wow probably way too much work...and correct,  these big files will not fit on fat

What is the best method (easiest) for moving the files - just use vsphere datastore browser upload and download feature over the network?

I have also played with WINSCP very very slow=(
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
I have an unrelated finding with esxi 5.1 as I am newly trying it out.  I am going to create a new ASK called "VMconverter tool crashing with Esxi 5.1"  thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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