I've installed a copy of VMware vSphere Hypervisor™ (ESXi) on a new computer to begin working with virtualization. What I have accomplished so far is installing two virtual copies of Windows XP on the machine. I have yet to understand USB in virtualization, however. I need to share three USB Hard Drives throughout the two (soon to be four) virtual environments.
Is this possible? And if so, are there any points for doing this? I haven't done anything with ESXI before, so this is quite new to me.
IF your host(s) support IOMMU and USB passthrough, then you can connect a USB directly to a VM, then you can share that "drive" out as you would any other drive within the OS.
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