VMware ESXi 5.5 - How to recognize USB thumbdrive + USB DVD drives?

I am using the latest version of ESXi 5.5.0 (free) and enjoying it so far.
How can I make VMware recognize and USB Thumbdrive and USB DVD drive etc?

Thank you,
TheGreatEye OfSauronAsked:
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Dawid FusekVirtualization Expert, Sr B&R, Storage SpecialistCommented:
hi mate,

1. Recognize a USB stick as a what? as a storage under ESXi host? it's then possible to use some USB drives as a backup/VMFS datastore (rather not run VMs on it)
2. And USB DVD drive as a...what ? Do you want to write something to DVD drive under ESXi host? it's rather will be hard...

To do 1. you have to disable the USB Arbitrator service using the command "/etc/init.d/usbarbitrator stop". Then ESXi host will not pass any USB devices to VMs but instead may use USB sticks and USB drives for some "datastores" like volumes (not supported and not very stable, and sometimes may also crash ESXi host).

But if you want to pass USB deviced to VMs you just need to add a USB Controller to VM and it should run in most cases.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ah, you did post a Question....

It requires the following trick...

This is how you prepare for instance, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 2012

HOW TO: Create a  Bootable USB Flash Drive of Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Now getting to BOOT a VM from USB, requires a helpder cdrom, see this article here for details, see Step 2 in this Article

and use  Plop Boot Manager 5.0 LiveCD iso from http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/plpbt.bin.htm

HOW TO: Fix the Error loading /s.v00 Fatal error: 33 (Inconsistent data) in the VMware vSphere Hypervisor

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TheGreatEye OfSauronAuthor Commented:
Thank you Davvid and Andrew,

The purpose of USB thumbdrive/DVD drive would just to install OS's. Just a simple request.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I thought I was also add, as USB is virtualised, in VMware vSphere, it's slow, so therefore it's much slower at installing from a USB flash drive, then copying to a datastore (VMFS).

which is why we copy all our ISOS to a VMFS or NFS share, for installation of VMs!
TheGreatEye OfSauronAuthor Commented:

Thanks again.
I made a new VMware question --> http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28640248.html
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Dawid FusekVirtualization Expert, Sr B&R, Storage SpecialistCommented:
installing anything from DVD/CD or ISO files is simple with ESXi vSphere Client of vCenter vSphere Client, you just have to click CD/DVD/Tool button and connect to correct ISO or CD/DVD drive connected to your laptop, it's not have to be done via connecting anything to ESXi itself directly.
Also as Andy suggest all DVD/CD you should have into ISO files and store on NFS datastore or just one VMFS datastore and connect their in the same way but connect then with "Connect to ISO image on a datastore" at the same button.

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