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Add USB storage to ESXi 5

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I am currently out of storage space on my ESXi 5 server and need to create 2 more vm's to stage a replication scenario.  My long term goal is to purchase a new SAN but I need a soluton now.  Can I add a USB storage device tehn create nwe vm's on that device?
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No, USB does not support VMFS datastores.

You best solution would be to use a SATA to USB converter, and connect the device to a SATA supported interface. USB would give you slow access times.

You can connect a USB to a VM though.

see my EE Article


HOW TO: Add and Connect a USB Device to a Virtual Machine, hosted on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX 4.1 ESXi 4.1, ESXi 5.0
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unless its usb 3
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