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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. – Telium Oct 3 '13 at 3:34
That is not the right way to back them up. You should really use vsphere and script it; there is an API for that. – Falcon Momot Sep 6 '15 at 0:03

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 '14 at 9:39
If it doesn't work, the sata controller on your motherboard probably doesn't support hotplug. – Zulakis Feb 6 '14 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 – Telium Feb 7 '14 at 21:36

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