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.


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


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

The Add Hardware wizard opens.


Click Parallel Port.


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


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


(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.


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.