I was trying to script a snapshot backup of running VMs to a USB drive attached to the host. We are using the free hypervisor version of ESXi and do not want to purchase 3rd party products to do this.
As it appears that ESXi Shell doesn't have VM snapshot commands available on 5.1, I was trying to use vSphere PowerCLI on windows to connect to the host and make a snapshot of the VM then copy the snapshotted disk to USB mounted on the host. I can get the VM snapshot in place but I can't seem to get the USB drive to show up and format VMFS accordingly.
I understand I will need to disable the USB arbitrator to do this (which I did from ESXi shell). But I am struggling to get the USB mounted and formatted and also not sure what copy command I can use after this is mounted.
Any ideas/help much appreciated.