Add External USB drive to ESX\ESXi VM

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.

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