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ESX 5.5 - I am looking for a compatible USB PCIe Low Profile card

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Hello I am looking for a card that works. Has anyone had good experiences and can recommend me one? USB 2.0 or 3.0 does not matter. I have found nothing in the VMWare Compatibility Guide. Thank you
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Belkin and StarTech brands work successfully. But it's often the server/desktop that they used in, which may cause the issue.
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Yes, they've worked for us.
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by:911T
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Hi, the cards are delivered today.

http://uk.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/USB-3.0/Cards/4-Port-SuperSpeed-USB-3-PCI-Express-Card-with-SATA-Power~PEXUSB3S4

Work the Cards only with Passtrough Mode?

ESXi is 5.1 and Servers 2008 R2
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Are you asking me the if the cards only work in passthrough?

or tell me they only work in passthrough.
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The cards only work in passthrough mode? :-)
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Issue with the USB device and USB passthrough.

if using VM Direct Path I/O to present cards to the VMs, this is a faster workaround, as the USB I/O is not virtualised.

What USB device are you using?

Are you servers on the HCL?

Also check /var/log/vmkernel.log or usb.log
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On passtrough i coice this:Passtrough
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what is the server?
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Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S7
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Its works! :)

Use passtrough modus with the 4 Cards displayed in the Screenshot and installed the driver from Startech.

Now 16 USB Ports extra.

Vmware dont include Startech driver for this card?

With Passtrough i cant pause a machine etc...USB Driver Works
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Depends on server, if the USB card will work in ESXi.
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What the version of ESX of your Server?
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Hi,

after the restart at today, no cards were in the passtrough list :(... I added all new! Why?
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