Connecting a UPS via USB to a VMware VM via it's ESXI host?

Hi there,

I am trying to connected a UPS to one of our VMs via USB and I am wondering how this is done?  I am using VMware's ESXI 5.1.

Thanks for the info.
CnicNVAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

pjamCommented:
If you have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), then it should be attached to the Host machine.  Not a virtual.
CnicNVAuthor Commented:
So erm, it is of course physically attached to the host computer, but how do I go about ensuring that it can be shown to the VM?  IE, so that I can install the Powerchute client on it and it can detect the UPS?

Thanks
pjamCommented:
Not sure that is possible.  You can do a USB passthrough, see Experts Exchange article by Andrew Hancock:
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
If you want to install Powerchute on Host VMWare Knowledgebase has this article:
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1007036

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Need More Insight Into What’s Killing Your Network

Flow data analysis from SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), along with Network Performance Monitor (NPM), can give you deeper visibility into your network’s traffic.

Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
You have to manage it from the VMWare host machine with the VSphere client:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1007036
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
OOPS - crosspost!
CnicNVAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help, I was able to get the VM to see the UPS using the VM USB passthrough link you had outlined.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
VMware

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.