You must add a generic SCSI device to the virtual machine to map virtual SCSI devices on a virtual machine to physical generic SCSI devices on the host system. You can add up to 60 generic SCSI devices to a virtual machine.


You cannot add a generic SCSI device to a shared or remote virtual machine.

On a Windows host system, run Workstation as a user who has administrator access.

On a Linux host system, log in as a user who has read and write permissions for the SCSI device. Also, verify that version 2.1.36 or later of the SCSI Generic driver (sg.o) is installed. This version of the SCSI Generic driver is included with Linux kernel 2.2.14 and later.

On a Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me virtual machine, install the latest Mylex (BusLogic) BT/KT-958 compatible host bus adapter. This driver overrides the driver that Windows chooses as the best driver, but it corrects known problems. You can download the driver from the LSI Web site.

On a 32-bit Windows XP virtual machine, install the special SCSI driver that VMware provides. You can download the driver from the VMware Web site.

On a Windows NT 4.0 virtual machine, install the BusLogic MultiMaster PCI SCSI Host Adapters driver. See Install the BusLogic Driver in a Windows NT 4.0 Guest.


Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.


On the Hardware tab, click Add.


In the Add Hardware wizard, select Generic SCSI Device.


Select the physical SCSI device to map to the virtual SCSI device.

When you type the path to the SCSI device on a Linux host, do not enter /dev/st0 or /dev/sr0.


To connect the device when the virtual machine powers on, select Connect at power on.


Click Finish to add the device.


On the Hardware tab, select the SCSI device identifier to use for the device from the Virtual device node drop-down menu and click OK.

For example, if you select SCSI 0:2, the guest operating system sees the drive as ID 2 on controller 0.