Running VMWare ESXi (VMkernel 3.5.0 #1 SMP Release build-153875) on the bare metal. The machine has 1TB in a RAID 5 (so around 750GB usable storage) and 2x1TB USB HDDs (for backing up onto).
When attached, the USB HDDs are shown in /var/log/messages (ESXi is so "streamlined" they even remove the dmesg tool!) and fdisk shows them:
Disk /dev/disks/vmhba32:0:0:0: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/disks/vmhba32:0:0:1 1 121601 976760001 83 Linux
However, it doesn't show up in the vmhba32 (USB Storage Controller) entry under "Storage Adapters" on the Configuration page on the VMWare Infrastructure Client tool.
So, a couple of questions - does anyone know if it is possible to get USB devices passed to a guest OS (I'm running Windows SBS2008 and Debian Lenny as guests) with VMWare ESXi, or how to get USB HDDs recognised so I can use them either for extra storage in a guest or to script a backup of the ESXi server?