In the below example I’ve plugged an external USB drive into an ESXi 4.1 server and want to make it available to a VM running on that server.
There are 2 steps to this:-
- In the VI client edit the virtual machine hardware settings and add a USB controller.
- Once you have done this edit the machine again and add a USB device.
Tip – In windows you may want to go to device manager and “scan for hardware changes” to ensure the new hardware is detected by the VM.