Error on vm

Hi Andrew

I have done the below (HOW-TO-Add-and-Connect-a-USB-Device-to-a-Virtual-Machine-hosted-on-VMware-vSphere-Hypervisor) in esxi 5.5. unfortunately as soon as it finished i had the following error

"Connection error while establishing connection (11): Error connecting to /bin/vmx process..
Cannot open a local pipe to local virtual machine '/vmfs/volumes/545c190d-39f2aa78-7ae7-00219b97e66f/'."

I had followed

Are these related or totally different? How would i look at the tasks that happened. I had to stop the other vm as well and then i started my exchangevm. After this the other vm was started successfully as well
Any suggestions
Member_2_6474242Senior Systems AdministratorAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It’s entirely possible what were you doing and what USB device were you adding
Member_2_6474242Senior Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I was adding an external hard disk so that i could backup to this volume. Its a seagate backup plus 3TB. What is the best way to backup vm
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not via external USB. USB I/O is virtualised and it's slow.

Use a VMware aware backup product, and backup to a NAS.
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Member_2_6474242Senior Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
can you please name a product that i can use
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Veeam Backup and Replication, Nakivo Backup and Replication, Unitrends....

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Member_2_6474242Senior Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems, glad to help with your question, have a good day.
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