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ESXi 5.1 pass through a USB drive

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Hi

I have an ESXi 5.1 host server on an HP blade that I have connected (with the dongle) a USB drive that I am trying to get to work on a VM that is hosted on this blade.

This should be easy, right?  I can't get it to work.


I've added the USB controller to the VM, but I can't add a USB device because it says "there are not USB devices on the host".

Any help on getting this connected is appreciated.  Thank you.

Tony
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Could it be that you're using a USB device that is unsupported?
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1021345 

There's also the parameters under which a USB device passthrough will function:
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc%2FGUID-24A44A7A-291D-4D49-9976-5E0E4CA9DA49_copy.html 

I personally haven't had any experience with connecting external USB devices to a host, but, this may be a good starting point.
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your device might not be supported.

check /var/log/usb.log to check if the device is being detected ?
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