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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 Model
Vendor ID:Product ID
Device Display Name
SafeNet Sentinel Software Protection Dongle (purple)
04B9:8000
Rainbow SafeNet Sentinel
SafeNet Sentinel Software Protection SuperPro Dongle (gray)
04B9:0300
Rainbow USB UltraPro
SecuTech Unikey Software Protection Dongle
0403:C580
Future Devices HID UNIKEY
MAI KEYLOK II Software Protection Dongle
07F2:0001
Microcomputer 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.
0471:485e Philips KEYLOK Device
Aladdin HASP HL Drive 0529:0001 (13fe:1a00 Hub, 13fe:1d00 Drive)
Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21, Kingston drive
Aladdin HASP HL Basic Software Protection Dongle 0529:0001 Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL Pro Software Protection Dongle 0529:0001 Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL Max Software Protection Dongle 0529:0001 Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL Net Software Protection Dongle 0529:0001 Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Aladdin HASP HL NetTime Software Protection Dongle 0529:0001 Aladdin Knowledge HASP HL 3.21
Kingston DataTraveler 101 II 4GB 0930:6545 Toshiba DT 101 II
Lexar JD FireFly 2GB 05dc:a701 Lexar Media JD FireFly
Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB 2.5 HDD 1058:0704 Western Digital External
Cables To Go USB 2.0 7-Port Hub Model# 29560
04cc:1521
Not 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.

For HP Proliant servers experiencing issues with USB passthrough, this is a known issue with ESXi 5.1 Patch 2 (Build Number 1157734) or above.  For more information, see the following HP Advisory C03835455.
 
Note: To troubleshoot issues with USB devices, see Unable to add a USB device to a virtual machine (1039359).

Tags

cannot-use-usb-device  use-usb-device

Keywords

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Update History

04/08/2011 - Added new section: Using USB devices that are not included in the supported device list. 10/7/2011 - Added Product: ESXi 5.0 1/27/2012 - Added - Note: For additional information on USB support see USB support for ESX/ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 (1022290) 11/16/2012 - Added link to 1039359 01/23/2014 - Added Product: ESXi 5.5

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