You can change the output file and schedule the parallel port to connect or disconnect when the virtual machine powers on.

You can use a parallel port on the virtual machine to send output to a file. You cannot use a physical parallel port on ESXi hosts.

Virtual machines can be powered on during the configuration

1

In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.

2

Click the Hardware tab and select the parallel port to change.

3

Select Output to file and click Browse to navigate to the file location.

4

(Optional) Deselect Connect at power on if you do not want the parallel port device to be connected when the virtual machine powers on.

5

Click OK to save your changes.