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Is it possible to hot plug an eSATA drive to an ESXi 5 server?

I'm exploring backup solutions and hoping to hot add a datastore, copy my VM's over, then hotunplug.

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This doesn't answer your question, but you can hot add USB drives. –  joeqwerty Oct 2 '13 at 21:51
    
Would you consider backing up from within the VMs? –  ewwhite Oct 2 '13 at 21:52
    
No - hoping to backup the set of files which comprise the VM. –  Generation D Systems Oct 3 '13 at 3:34

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It does! I just used this feature recently.

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A bit more detail would improve this answer –  Dave M Oct 6 '13 at 20:30
    
Well, I plugged the hard drive in and clicked the "check for new storage devices" button in the storage configuration. That's it. –  Zulakis Oct 7 '13 at 8:32
    
Anybody else tested this? Please upvote the answer if it worked. –  P Marecki Feb 6 at 9:39
    
If it doesn't work, the sata controller on your motherboard probably doesn't support hotplug. –  Zulakis Feb 6 at 14:07
    
I could not reproduce this (and my hd controller supports hot swap). I saw errors in the VM syslog, but no new drives available. W –  Generation D Systems Feb 7 at 21:36

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