VirtualBox: Boot from USB


Virtualbox allows to boot from USB. But this feature isn’t exposed to the GUI.

Lets start. First of all determine the physical disk. Open Powershell and query the disks by WMI

PS D:\> Get-WmiObject -Query "Select * from Win32_DiskDrive"

Partitions : 3
Model      : Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512G
Size       : 512105932800
Caption    : Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512G

Partitions : 1
Model      : Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
Size       : 4030387200
Caption    : Generic USB CF Reader USB Device

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VMWare ESXi: Redirect USB devices


VMware ESXi offers the ability to redirect USB devices from your Workstation to a VM located on a ESXi Server.

There 3 requirments:

  • VM must have at least virtual machine version 7
  • A virtual USB Controller must be add to the VM
  • VMWare Tools must installed within the virtual machine

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Raspberry Pi: eibd with a KNX USB Interface


a reader of my post asks me if it possible to connect the eibd bus with a KNX USB Interface instead of the TPUART board.  These interfaces are available by several vendors(Siemens, Gira, Merten etc.).

I have no KNX USB Interface for testing and therefore Bastian Herzog did that part and supports me to improve the script. Very special thanks to him. Together we have get this started.

As descripted in the previous post setup your Raspberry Pi with raspbian:
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Linux: Switch a idle hard disk into standby mode


I have running a debian based multimedia server. The operating systems is installed on a compact flash card (/dev/sda), the data resides on a external USB SATA harddisk (/dev/sdb).
The (Server 🙂 ) Hardware is a Fujitsu Futro A240 ThinClient, with a power consumption of only 7W. I’m using the server for about 2 hours each day, therefore I looked for a method to save power and switch the USB disk to standby mode when its idle for while.

Check first if your hard disk supports the standby mode.  Ensure that the disk is idle, otherwise the disk is immediately active again.

Switch to Standby mode

root@debdev:~# hdparm -y /dev/sdb
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VMware Workstation: Boot a virtual machine from a USB drive/stick

The BIOS of the VMware Workstation does not support to boot from a USB drive or stick which is connected to a virtual machine.

But there is a workaround:-) Use the Plop Boot Manager. Download the latest ZIP File and extract the plpbt.iso file. This contains a CD image which starts plop boot manager. Connect the iso file as  a virtual CDROM to your virtual machine.
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