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VMware Workstation 9: Assign one USB hub to each virtual machine - how?

Posted on 2013-05-13
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Can anyone explain to me how I can assign one USB hub to each virtual machine?
I know it is possible to do so with a USB device by:

1. Identify and obtain the USB device's vendor ID and product ID as reported by the host operating system.
2. Edit the virtual machine's configuration file (.vmx) to contain an autoConnect entry for the USB device.

...but how do I do that with a HUB? For example, could I assign one specific built in USB-port on the host directly to one of the virtual machines?

My goal is that whenever I plug in USB devices on a specific USB HUB (differs from time to time and it's not the same items each time) I want them automatically to show up in virtualmachine1 and so on.

Thanks in advance :)
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Question by:elzacka
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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When you connect a USB Device to a Virtual Machine, VMware Workstation "remembers" the device attached to the VM.

So you should just be able to connect a USB Hub, connect to VM1, and then add the next USB Hub, and connect to VM2.

In the future, they will be connected to VM1 and VM2 automatically.
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by:elzacka
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Thanks. Still an issue though. Is there any way that new devices can be connected automatically to the active VM?
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First time the device is connected to the host, must be assigned to the VM.
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by:elzacka
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OK. Thank you!
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