Reliability of USB Passthru Setup in VMWare Server (DELL PowerEdge T320)
I have a virtual machine running SBS2011 in VMWare ESXi Host and I run Windows Server Backup in SBS2011.
In the past, I have backed up to Shared folder on the network ("\\BackupPC\SBSBackupFolder").
Two issues with this: (1) It is a new complete backup every time. There is no incremental backup (2) It is taking too long.
So I like to do two things.
(1) I like to hook up External USB 3.0 hard drives to VMWare Server to cut down on backup time. Not only I do Windows Server backup, I run other backup jobs. Therefore I need to keep about 2 or 3 Ext. USB HDs attached to the host. Do you see any problems with myidea of attaching multiple ext. USB HDs via USB pass thru (in VM Settings)?
(2) DELL Poweredge T320 server came with USB 2.0. I like to add USB 3.0 PCI card to save time in multiple backup jobs. Is that a good idea to add USB 3.0 PCI card to this server? Any particular brand that you recommend?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)