USB Passthrough On a PE2950 using ESXi 4.x or 5.x


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USB Passthrough On a PE2950 using ESXi 4.x or 5.x

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I think I'm using the right terminology.  If not, please let me know.

I need to be able to connect up an external USB hard drive to a PE2950 and present the drive to a VM (Windows Server 2008 R2 x64).  Will the PE2950 do that? I've done some research and asked a couple of my VMWare guru buddies.  The best answer I can get is that it should.  I'd really like to know before I go to all the trouble of build the server up.  I have an HP DL380 G5 and that won't it (at least I've not been able to figure it out or find any definitive info).

Thanks in advance,

Greg Wilkerson


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  • Greg,

    You can use the USB  passthrough on ESXi, there are requirements though. These links will take you to the supported devices lists, as well as the requirements and limitations .  Can you make sure that your setup as it shows and let me know?

    Supported device -

    Requirements and Limitations -

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