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Trying to add more datstore space with USB attached drive so I can run snapshot backups

I found this Nice article
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/5414/VMware-ESX-ESXi-Backup-Guide.html

 I got this from a question you posted

 I have a ESXi 6.0 Host with many VM Guests running
 Windows 2012 Windows 2008 Windows 2003 Unbuntu
 VMA Host Windows 7 Windows XP and Windows 8.1

 Looking for a method to automate the snapshots

 the ghettoVCB looks like it will fit my needs since I have a Free License of ESXi this runs in my Home I do testing here for my work etc.

 My real question here is can I add a USB drive to my ESxi Host and make it a Datastore? I am not looking for any performance here just want to backup my VM guests on a regular basis

 I now NAS would work too but USB is a lost cost method.

 What format must the drives be in to become a datstore?

I have a 1TB usb drive connected now to my ESXi 6.0 Host but it is not being seen by the Host or the guests.

 Thanks

 Tom
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Trying to add more datstore space with USB attached drive so I can run snapshot backups

USB is NOT SUPPORTED as a VMFS datatore, WITHOUT hacking your ESXi installation.

My real question here is can I add a USB drive to my ESxi Host and make it a Datastore?

Not supported.
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Andrew thanks

What do you suggest to use instead? any recommendations?


Also the guests can not see the usb drive connected to the host

I ran this

[root@TGCSHOSTVM:~] lsusb
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 0bc2:a013 Seagate RSS LLC
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0951:1666 Kingston Technology
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:2514 Standard Microsystems Corp. USB 2.0 Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
[root@TGCSHOSTVM:~]


So the host sees my usb 1tb drive by Seagate

Why does the guests cant see it?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Guest and USB is a different question, unrelated to the host.

use a NAS (NFS).
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by:Thomas Grassi
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Andrew thanks

Open new question about usb not being seen
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