VM machine will not recognize external USB hard drive.

I have a VMware 6.7 box I have created.  I need to create 2 VM's on this box.  For the life of me, I can't make the machine recognize the the USB hard drive attached to create one of the virtuals.  I have some software requirements making me need to create a Windows 7 32 bit vm.  The other machine will be Windows 2016 standard server.  On the external drive, using Rufus, I have made a bootable drive from the .iso download.   It will not recognize the usb drive to do this.   How can I make it see it.  I have googled many pages and just can't seem to find the right answer.
Kevin CaldwellOwner of RUseeingRed Tech SolutionsAsked:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
No, VMWare allows the downloaded .iso to be used directly by the virtualization software and appear in the VM as if it is a disk drive.  

You just need to download the .iso and then open it in VMWare, there's no need to make a physical bootable version.

https://www.petri.com/use-iso-image-files-vmware
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Why are you using an external USB to istall from? The VM should be able to mount the .iso as a virtual optical disk drive.
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Kevin CaldwellOwner of RUseeingRed Tech SolutionsAuthor Commented:
Not sure I understand.  I downloaded the .iso from the web.  It's a lot easier to burn to an external usb versus an optical drive.   Is that what you mean?
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Kevin CaldwellOwner of RUseeingRed Tech SolutionsAuthor Commented:
I will attempt this piece today to get the .iso uploaded.   One question though. I am using the vsphere 6.7.  I can't seem to find the vsphere client on the vm site to download.  I believe they have renamed it or something.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is now vSphere Client, web client only now.
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Kevin CaldwellOwner of RUseeingRed Tech SolutionsAuthor Commented:
does that effect the steps in step 4?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, all those articles are written for 6.5, which is the same as 6.7.

Management of vSphere is now webby, if you have vCenter Server it's called Web Client, if you don't and connect direct to ESXi host, it's called Host Client, Host Client replaces vSphere Client!
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Kevin CaldwellOwner of RUseeingRed Tech SolutionsAuthor Commented:
My server VM is now copying files for setup for 2016 server standard.  Yeah!!!!

Now, curious about something regarding the USB drive.  I will have a cloud backup going for the devices, but if I wanted to setup an automatic backup to be done on an externally attached USB drive, how would I get windows to see that?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can try adding a USB Device....to the VM. Backup to USB is very slow, as USB I/O is virtualized

but please note this may not be supported unless your VM is on this supported list below (and may or may not work!)

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1021345

I wrote an article here, which uses the older vSphere Client, so you can see the process, but you'll need to use the Host Client (web)

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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Kevin CaldwellOwner of RUseeingRed Tech SolutionsAuthor Commented:
So it sounds like the only real backup solution is cloud based.  Which of course you want to do.  I just like to have 2 backups, one cloud and one internal.  Always safe to have more than just the one!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Backup to NAS (Network Attached Storage)

Much Faster than USB.... and if you have a Synology NAS, that can then be replicated to Cloud, Azure, Amazon etc
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
virtual machines are supposed to be hardware independent. This way if you have 2 servers and one goes down the virtual machines can be moved from the machine that went offline to the one that is still online via VMotion or some other replication technology and if the storage is on a NAS/SAN/CSV/ISCSI there is no disruption of service. Things just are slower since you've lost 1/2 of your compute. If you are using local disks then there is some loss i.e. 5-10 minutes and some downtime and there is replication bandwidth network traffic going on all of the time.
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