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VMware pass through USB storage on a Dell 2950

Posted on 2013-05-17
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I installed VMware ESXi on a Dell 2950 to get out company more into virtuilazation however my Dell server does not have enough storage for what I want to do.

I read to pass a USB hard drive I needed a USB controller. I purchased a Startech USB 3.0 - 2 port controller but it looks like it requires legacy power connected. I noticed in the front of the server above the HDD tray there is a legacy power cord. If I purchased an extention cord to route to the back of the server would that power the PCI express device?

Another option I am looking at is replacing the internal 72 GB SAS drives with 1 TB SAS drives. The USB option is much cheaper.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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2950 does NOT support VM Direct Path, but you can use my EE Article to connect a USB drive to a VM.

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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THANK YOU! I was about to spend $1,000+ in hardware. I will give it a try.
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Worked perfectly! Thank you!
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