Removing or disconnecting unused VM hardware from running VM ?

Hi People,

When I execute the following wonderful script from Alan Renouf
https://github.com/alanrenouf/vCheck-vSphere

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I noticed that there are quite a few around 25% of my VMs got Unwanted virtual hardware found "USB controller"?

so how can I safely remove it without affecting the underlying Virtual Machine operations ?

is it safe to be done over the business hours ?
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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's A Hot Plug device, so can be safely removed whilst the VM is ON.

Hot Plug devices also include hard disks and network interfaces, they can be added and removed when VMs are ON.

It's Safe to do in business hours, but we would always recommend

1. Take a backup of any production server before modification.

2. Complete any changes to production servers out of core hours.

3. These are good ITIL service practices.

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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
ok, what I mean is to remove it from the VM using vSphere console.
Does it cause any downtime or outage to the Windows Server ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No downtime.

But if you had a 10,000 users connected to a Virtual Machine, would you risk it?
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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
yeah, I'll schedule it after hours then.
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks !
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Good Choice! Make sure you have Full Backups before any changes!
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