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.


Select a virtual machine.

In the virtual machines and templates inventory tree, select a group of virtual machines and select a virtual machine from the list on the right.

Search for a virtual machine and select it from the search results list.


In the VM Hardware panel, click Edit Settings.


Click Virtual Hardware.


Locate the parallel port in the device list and expand the menu.


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


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


Click OK.