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Usb on virtual machines

Discussion in 'Servers and Enterprise Solutions' started by Chaos, 19 Feb 2010.

  1. Chaos


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,448

    Am I right in thinking that you cannot connect usb devices and access them via a virtual machine in Esxi ?

    I want to hook up a usb printer to a server 2003 vm, would one of those usb to ip hubs work ?

    Anyone know of any cheap ones ?
  2. paradigm


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,815

    Location: Staffordshire

    You are correct, ESXi doesn't support USB host to VM access.

    We use the Belkin USB to IP hub (F5L009) and it seems to work fine for everything we have tried so far (including USB VGA).

    It's the cheapest one we could find.
  3. Chaos


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,448

    Thanks I'll have a look at that one.
  4. J.B


    Joined: 16 Aug 2006

    Posts: 5,922

    We use that Belkin one as well, works alright when we need it, which isnt very often. useful to have around though.