To use peripheral SCSI devices, such as printers or storage devices, you must add the device to the virtual machine. When you add a SCSI device to a virtual machine, you select the physical device to connect to and the virtual device node.

The SCSI device is assigned to the first available virtual device node on the default SCSI controller, for example (0:1). To avoid data congestion, you can add another SCSI controller and assign the SCSI device to a virtual device node on that controller. Only device nodes for the default SCSI controller are available unless you add additional controllers.

For SCSI controller and virtual device node assignments and behavior, see SCSI Controller Configuration.

Required privileges: Virtual machine.Configuration.Raw device


Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.


To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.


Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.


On the Virtual Hardware tab, select SCSI Device from the New device drop-down menu and click Add.

The SCSI device appears in the Virtual Hardware devices list.


Expand New SCSI device to change the device options.


(Optional) From the Virtual Device Node drop-down menu, select the virtual device node.


Click OK.

The virtual machine can access the device.