troubleshooting Question

USB External HD directly connected to a VM?

Avatar of Frosty555
Frosty555Flag for Canada asked on
VMwareWindows Server 2008Virtualization
2 Comments1 Solution1696 ViewsLast Modified:
Is it possible to directly attach a USB external hard drive to a virtual machine? (As opposed to  making it a datastore and putting a .vmdk on it)?

We have a Windows Server 2008 physical box. We do regular backups to an external hard drive using the built-in Windows Server Backup feature.

I want to do a test restore of one of these backups to a VM, just to see if it works. What good is a backup if you never test it?

The problem is I don't have any idea how to connect the USB backup disk to the VM so it can recognize it and restore from it.

I'm using VMWare ESXi 5.1 free edition and vSphere. I'm open to using a different free hypervisor (Xen, Hyper-V, Virtualbox etc.) if necessary.
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Join our community to see this answer!
Unlock 1 Answer and 2 Comments.
Start Free Trial
Learn from the best

Network and collaborate with thousands of CTOs, CISOs, and IT Pros rooting for you and your success.

Andrew Hancock - VMware vExpert
See if this solution works for you by signing up for a 7 day free trial.
Unlock 1 Answer and 2 Comments.
Try for 7 days

”The time we save is the biggest benefit of E-E to our team. What could take multiple guys 2 hours or more each to find is accessed in around 15 minutes on Experts Exchange.

-Mike Kapnisakis, Warner Bros