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Vmware backup to External Hard drive

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hey guys,

I have 1 Virtual machine running esx 6.0, and i am using Veeam. I need to back this up to an external hard drive.

Will performance be super slow, is there only certain drives that will work?
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi,

With Veeam you can backup to any type of hard disk.

Of course the backup speed depends on the type of external disk, and the type of connections.

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by:Cobra25
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It would be connected directly to the ESX host.
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by:Scott C
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Yes, but what TYPE of connection?   USB 2, 3, etc...of course the faster the better.
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi,

How do you plan to connect this to the ESXi host ??

To user in Veeam, the HD needs to be added to the Veeam Repositoty as a Windows Hard disk.

Connecting to the ESXi host, to work in a VM(in this case in the Veeam) you need to use  passthrough.

Check here how to use it.
https://kb.vmware.com/kb/1010789
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Connecting directly to an ESXi host is not supported.

Also if you do connect to a Virtual Machine via USB Passthrough, it's very slow, backup across the network it's faster.

Also not all USB devices are supported for connection to VMs.

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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