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Monday, 7 October 2013

Supported USB device models for passthrough from an ESX or ESXi host to a virtual machine (1021345)

Details

This article provides information about supported USB devices that you can use for passthrough functionality with ESX/ESXi hosts.

Caution: Do not add unsupported or untested devices to your production servers. Unsupported or untested USB devices might not operate correctly or as expected, and can interfere with host or virtual machine operations. Before you add unsupported devices, carefully test them on your non-production servers.

Solution

The USB devices listed in this table have been tested and are supported when attached to production ESX/ESXi hosts and virtual machines.

USB Devices Supported for Passthrough from an ESX/ESXi Host to a Virtual Machine


Device ModelVendor ID:Product IDDevice Display Name
SafeNet Sentinel Software Protection Dongle (purple)04B9:8000Rainbow SafeNet Sentinel
SafeNet Sentinel Software Protection SuperPro Dongle (gray)04B9:3000Rainbow USB UltraPro
SecuTech Unikey Software Protection Dongle0403:C580Future Devices HID UNIKEY
MAI KEYLOK II Software Protection Dongle07F2:0001Microcomputer Applications USB Device
MAI KEYLOK Fortress Software Protection Dongle (designed to work only with Windows operating systems)

Note: This dongle is not designed for Linux systems. If you connect it to a Linux system, the connection resets frequently and can cause unexpected behavior.
0471:485ePhilips KEYLOK Device
Aladdin HASP HL Drive0529:0001 (13fe:1a00 Hub, 13fe:1d00 Drive)Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21, Kingston drive
Aladdin HASP HL Basic Software Protection Dongle0529:0001Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL Pro Software Protection Dongle0529:0001Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL Max Software Protection Dongle0529:0001Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL Net Software Protection Dongle0529:0001Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL NetTime Software Protection Dongle0529:0001Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Kingston DataTraveler 101 II 4GB0930:6545Toshiba DT 101 II
Lexar JD FireFly 2GB05dc:a701Lexar Media JD FireFly
Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB 2.5 HDD1058:0704Western Digital External
Cables To Go USB 2.0 7-Port Hub Model# 2956004cc:1521Not applicable


Using USB devices that are not included in the supported device list

If a USB device is not on the supported list, set up a test environment with ESX/ESXi hosts and virtual machines to replicate your production environment. Attach the USB device to the ESX/ESXi host and add it to the virtual machine. If the USB device operation works as expected, you can attach the USB device to a production ESX/ESXi host and virtual machine.

These USB devices are not available for passthrough:

Additional Information

For details about configuring USB devices for passthrough from an ESX/ESXi host to a virtual machine, see USB support for ESX/ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x (1022290) or the Virtual Machine Administration Guide.
 
Note: To troubleshoot issues with USB devices, see Unable to add a USB device to a virtual machine (1039359).

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