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Pass through USB device access to VMware Guest OS

As of VMWare ESX/ESXi/vSphere version 4.1 and above, you can now pass through USB devices to the guest virtual machine, as though it was directly connected to that machine. This is great for passing through USB HDD’s, USB tape drives, printers, etc. The following steps outline how to set up ESXi to pass through a USB device to a virtual machine. This is a two stage process the first time you set this up. You need to add a USB…

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Convert a virtual machine from VMware workstation to ESXi (vSphere)

VMware Workstation is a great product, but there will often be times where you need to move up to the next level, and start using VMware ESXi or vSphere. Thankfully VMware have a software program that makes the transition process painless. The VMware vCenter Converter provides the ability to convert between an existing virtual machine image, a physical PC, or a hard disk image. The converter is compatable with virtual machine images created with VMware Workstation, VMware Infrustructure, Microsoft Virtual…

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Enable SSH Access on VMware ESXi 4 (vSphere)

After installing VMware ESXi 4 (otherwise known as VMware vSphere), you will find that there doesn’t seem to be a method to actually get into the system, and edit any configuration files. All the configuration should be done via the VMware vSphere Client, vCenter, or another VMware utility, but sometimes there might be times where the only option is to get dirty, and edit configuration files manally. Thankfully ESXi/vSphere provides the ability to do it, however they call it “Tech…

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