frantzcollini
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Vsphere 4 and usb drives

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hello,

excuse me for the question but it is not clear for me... vmware says that vsphere 4 virtual machines can add usb controllers, but it not support usb pass-through.

QUestion: if i attach an USB drive into the physical vmware machines, can it work into the guest operating system?

Thank you!

Francesco

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Don't know if it is SO difficult or not, but ESX does not support USB port mapping yet.


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Yes, using VmDirectPath

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frantzcollini
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And it works fine with USB drives?

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Tobias, actually you can not attach USB drive such way.

You can attach PCI device to VM via VMDirectPath, like PCI USB controller and connect USB drive to this controller.


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frantzcollini
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Ok, but if, also in ESX 3.5 i can map serial port (ex. for modems), is so difficult for vmware hotplugging usb drives from physical machine to guest machine?

Thank you!

Francesco

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Let me check myself...

StarWind Software R&D

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Don't know if it is SO difficult or not, but ESX does not support USB port mapping yet.


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VMware vExpert '2009

http://blog.vadmin.ru

EMCCAe, MCITP: SA+VA, VCP 3/4/5, VMware vExpert http://blog.vadmin.ru
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