To use an external device connected to a physical parallel port in a virtual machine, you can add a virtual parallel port to a virtual machine.

1

In the Inventory panel, select the virtual machine to modify.

2

In the Commands section of the Summary tab, click Add Hardware.

The Add Hardware wizard opens.

3

Click Parallel Port.

4

Click Use a physical parallel port to connect to a physical port on the host machine.

5

On the Properties page, select a physical port from the drop-down menu.

6

(Optional) To connect this virtual machine to the host’s serial port when the virtual machine is powered on, select Connect at power on (the default) and click Next.

7

On the Ready to Complete page, review the configuration summary and click Finish.

The operating system detects the new parallel port the next time you power on the virtual machine.