Passthrough devices provide the means to more efficiently use resources and improve performance in your environment. You can configure a passthrough PCI device on a virtual machine in the vSphere Web Client.

Verify that a passthrough networking device is configured on the host of the virtual machine. See Enable Passthrough for a Network Device on a Host in the vSphere Web Client.

1

Locate the virtual machine in the vSphere Web Client.

a

To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host and click the Related Objects tab.

b

Click Virtual Machines and select the virtual machine from the list.

2

Power off the virtual machine.

3

Click the Manage tab of the virtual machine, and select Settings > VM Hardware.

4

Click Edit.

5

From the New device drop-down menu select PCI Device and click Add.

6

Select the passthrough device to use, and click OK.

7

Power on the virtual machine.

Adding a DirectPath device to a virtual machine sets memory reservation to the memory size of the virtual machine.