3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 9, 2019 11:00 PM by akonn12

    Connect Shared Dell Smart Card Reader Keyboard

    andrewpilachowski Lurker

      Host Image:

      • 6.7.0 Update 2 (Build 13006603) / ESXi-6.7.0-20190402001-standard (VMware, Inc.)

      Guest Settings:

      • Guest OS - Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) VBS Enabled
      • Compatibility - ESXi 6.7 U2 virtual machine
      • VMware Tools - Yes/Current
      • USB Controller - USB 2.0


      Our domain has Smart Card enforcement enabled for all workstations through group policy. Deploying our Windows 10 enterprise image to local VMware Workstation Pro (licensed), I can connect Shared Dell Smart Card Reader Keyboard to the VM to be able to log in through the console. We have now purchased a machine to have as a stand-alone host for Hypervisor. Whether I use browser console, VMRC, or VMware Workstation Pro remotely connected to the server, I am unable to connect the Dell keyboard for smart card logon. Using RDP I am able to log in normally, but I would prefer having users log into the web console and just give them the VM name to use instead of having to fish the IP address each time. Would a remote connection to the host be preventing a shared keyboard (technical limitation), or is it a limitation of being not connected to a vCenter server? Is there an advanced setting I am missing that I have not been able to find any documentation on so far?