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USB disk attached to physical or virtual machine?

Post by tech77 » Nov 07, 2011 7:30 pm

Hello,

I have an ESX server with Veeam Backup installed on one virtual machine. I have a USB disk plugged into the ESX server and mapped into one of the other virtual machines so that it can be shared via Windows sharing. I have heard that the usb disk should be connected to a physical machine and then shared over the network. Can someone please advise on the best practices, benefits, or drawbacks for this configuration?

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Re: USB disk attached to physical or virtual machine?

Post by Vitaliy S. » Nov 07, 2011 8:55 pm

Hello,

We had a similar discussion a year ago when USB passthrough feature was introduced by VMware. Judging by the feedback, this seems to work pretty slow and I wouldn't recommend using it as a backup target for your backup jobs.

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Re: USB disk attached to physical or virtual machine?

Post by tech77 » Nov 08, 2011 12:04 am

Thank You!

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Re: USB disk attached to physical or virtual machine?

Post by asutcliffe » Nov 08, 2011 4:04 pm

We have the USB drive attached to a physical server with a drive mapped to it. We have a scheduled task set to robocopy files files modifies in the last 24 hours from our Veeam VM to the shared drive at a set time every day. We tried the USB passthrough method but it was miserably slow - the copy to physical server works fine though.

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