using usb hard drives with VMware Esxi

Hi..i have seen this question in a no of places in EE but have yet to see an answer i like!!!!

is there any way way i can simply plug into a usb drive and have the local VM see it without using usb to ip converters???  can the usb ports be "mapped" through...

i will be adding a vm to this server soon which will have a piece of software on it which uses a usb dongle for security....can this be done???

Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Matt VCommented:
No, unforutunately VMWare ESX/ESXi do not support mapping the local USB to the guest machines.

Many people have had luck with these devices:

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
USB is not supported yet in either ESX or ESXi....kind of. VMware has provided a way *if* your server supports IOMMU. You can see if you can enable VMDirectPath...see here:

I have this same problem with a flex license server and ended up using a USB over IP device by Mattymotas has it right.
And one other thing to note...VMDiectPath is only possible with prior versions.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.