How to setup USB dongles to VM ESXi 4.1?

We are running VMware ESXi 4.1 and are slowing processing some of our Servers to VM. One of the Servers use a USB key for the license for the program and database. I have installed the USB feature on the ESXi console for that Server, however the Server doesn't recognize it. I have rebooted it but still no go.

Did a little research and it looks like we may have to use a Networked USB Hub ( Does that sound right?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This is correct, but we use Fabula Tech software and connect the dingle or USB token to a physical server workstation in the data centre
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This software allows you to share USB devices over a network, just like a printer share etc install the server software on the physical server, and client software in the vm.

coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, that is more than likely accurate. VMware has limited USB capability in its hypervisor still, even though I have added it. For a list of 'supported' devices for ESX/i 4.1, see:

If passthrough isn't working for you (I always recommend posters to check, even if the device isn't listed on the above KB), then USB over IP is the way to go.

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Typo above -> "VMware has limited USB capability in its hypervisor still, even though *they* have added it." :) (sorry)
BTW...I use Digi's product for our UPS solution and it works great; it's pretty easy to setup and use.

Paul SolovyovskyConnect With a Mentor Senior IT AdvisorCommented:
Just used a Digi USBAnywhere and it works like a charm.  Supported by vmware

Used it with a license keyfob that is encrypted and doesn't mount as a drive letter as well as a regular usb hard drive
FunktopusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I can testify to hanccocka's suggestion regarding the fabula tech product. Have used it on both Hyper-V and ESX with no issues. Easy to setup and simply works with no hassles. You can download a 15 day trial to assess.
dsmjeffAuthor Commented:
Were evaluating both Digi Anywhere as well as Fabula Tech.

Thanks all! :)
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