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

Add a USB Controller

Add USB Controller
Add USB Controller

choose a EHCI-UHCI (USB 2) Controller, in the past I sometimes used  a xHCI (USB 3) had several problems with it.

USB 2 Controller
USB 2 Controller

If add the controller is added and driver installed the USB Icon in vSphere Client toolbar appears colored.

USB Icon in vSphere Toolbar
USB Icon in vSphere Toolbar


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