First of all: the server looked perfectly healthy until now and runs on supported hardware.
passthrough devices attached to a windows client to the guest OS' using the vsphere client. It cannot
passthrough usb tokens that are attached to the esxi server itself - vsphere does not see them. Server is esxi 5.0 update 1 and corresponding vsphere client.
So far I have
-tried different usb tokens
-looked at the events tab in vsphere client, several "USB configuration has changed" are logged whenever I attach a device to the server.
-stopped and restarted the usbarbitrator at the ESXI console
to no avail.
I also read hanccocka's article http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_9349-HOW-TO-Add-and-Connect-a-USB-Device-to-a-Virtual-Machine-hosted-on-VMware-vSphere-Hypervisor-ESX-4-1-ESXi-4-1-ESXi-5-0.html
and I wonder what he could mean writing
if the USB Device (unavailable) shows in gray and unavailable, either a USB device is not connected to the server, or the USB device is incompatible. Some host servers do not support USB passthrough.
When are these conditions met? Tried many devices, not all can be incompatible. What host servers do not support passthrough and even if
mine were one of them, would'n't that mean it should neither be able to passthrough usb tokens that are connected to my own client (which does work)?
Anything to try?