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:
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pjamCommented:
If you have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), then it should be attached to the Host machine.  Not a virtual.
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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
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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
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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
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
OOPS - crosspost!
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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.
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