KB ID 0000778 Dtd 05/03/13
ProblemAbout a week ago a client asked me how to do this, and I was surprised I’d not got it covered on the site. I have already covered how to do this with VMware Workstation, but never got round to doing the same for ESX. There are a myriad of reasons why you may need to do this, either to connect a UPS, a printer, thumb drive, or a software dongle etc. But the process is identical.
Solution1. USB pass through support was brought in with ESX 4.1, so make sure your Host machine is 4.1 or newer. VM. (You will need to power the VM down before you can do this). Edit Settings > Hardware Tab > Add. USB Controller from the list > Next > Next > Finish. VM. VM is vMotioned to another Host, the USB device will remain connected to this VM. (That is very cool if you think about what it has to do to make that happen). R2) it will detect the hardware, here I’m opening Device Manager.
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