Adding a USB Drive to a virtual Server

I have a couple of virtual serves running and was just wondering how i go about adding a USB external drive to that virtual Server. Thanks in advance for any links or assistance.
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MacGyver80Senior Systems AdministratorCommented:
What are you using for the VM?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Historically, USB storage has not translated well into VMs.  Even under VMware, throughput, I've heard, is extremely slow (think USB 1.1 speeds, 12 Mbit).

Options include (depending on virtualization platform):
1. using the drive as a passthrough drive in the VM settings
2. creating a new virtual hard drive and storing it on the USB drive in the host
3. sharing the USB drive from another system and having the VM connect over the network.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
Or you can use an USB over IP solution. I use USB-Redirector. It does require an agent though
http://www.incentivespro.com/usb-redirector.html
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