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February 26th, 2021 00:00

Dell R730: USB/Optical disk Connection

Hi Team,
I have Xeon 64gb RAM Dell R730 6TB HDD server in my production environment. ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard (VMware, Inc.) hosted into it and few VMs created under the ESXi. Now I need to transfer few files(backup file of a vm) from the ESXi to an external USB/Optical drive.
I know that few USB ports are there in the server, Can I directly plug the USB into the port, will the server recognise? can you please share the workaround to copy the file?.
Manythanks,
Linu

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February 26th, 2021 01:00

You can connect USB drive to front or rear USB port of the server and ESX should be able to detect it. Please ensure these ports are enabled in BIOS as these ports can be enabled/disabled in BIOS.

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February 26th, 2021 02:00

Thanks shine.
just to clarify, If I connected a usb , will it shows as a new partition. When I access remotely can I do a SCP for copying or I should access through console, then also can I able to copy from ESXI.

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February 26th, 2021 03:00

Yes. USB drive will be shown as a device in ESXi. You can SSH to ESXI and mount the device and start using it to copy required data.

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March 18th, 2021 00:00

Hi,
How do we confirm that the usb ports are enabled(server is in remote site, planned to complete the activity in one go), If not enable how to enable it?

Thanks,
Linu

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March 18th, 2021 00:00

We can't shutdown the server as this is in production, do we have any option to check the usb port status when the server is running?

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March 18th, 2021 00:00

I don't want to migrate the vm to a USB or add additional harddisk for a vm instance.
I need to copy few files(Backup file of a vm stored in ESXi) from the Dell server.
So I need to know how do I confirm the USB port is enabled and if not how to enble it?

Thanks,
Linu

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March 18th, 2021 00:00

You can check, if the USB ports are enabled, in the BIOS. But you need to restart the system for this.

In the System Setup [F2] Main Menu, click System BIOS > Integrated Devices:

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March 18th, 2021 00:00

Hi there. Before you can use the USB port you have to pass it through to the desired virtual machine. Here is a guide provided by vmware: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/com.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc/GUID-68A08879-1744-4FF9-A856-D66C4AAB68AB.html This should do the trick. BR Stefan

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March 18th, 2021 01:00

If you have access to iDRAC you can SSH to iDRAC IP and run below command to check USB setting on BIOS

racadm get bios.IntegratedDevices

"UsbPorts" attribute of the output will give the setting

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March 18th, 2021 01:00

Thanks @DELL-Shine K!

 

I just tested it, looks good:

 

In my test system it shows AllOn.

 

Ok, Linu, check it this way.

 

BR
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March 18th, 2021 01:00

I'm afraid, but no, there is no such option in iDRAC.

You have to be physically at the machine or a restart is needed to check it remotely.

Even if you have to enable them, you have to enter the system BIOS, at this point, the restart is definitely needed.

 

BR
Stefan

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March 18th, 2021 07:00

I can able to ssh to the ESXi.I am not sure how to mount the USB, can you please help?

Thanks,
Linu

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March 18th, 2021 07:00

racadm is not recognised by my system

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March 18th, 2021 08:00

You need to SSH to the server iDRAC IP address to run racadm command.

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March 18th, 2021 08:00

radadm is not recognised by ther server.
Also while I am connecting usb, to the server it should visible under"/dev/disks" right, will I able to open the usb using cd command and able to copy files from vmfs directory using scp command.
As of now I can't open any drives under "/dev/disks", Please see the attached image below,

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