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.


  • 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.


  1. Select the virtual machine and select Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings.
  2. On the Hardware tab, click Add.
  3. In the Add Hardware wizard, select Generic SCSI Device.
  4. Click Finish to add the device.
  5. 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.

  6. To connect the device when the virtual machine powers on, select Connect at power on.
  7. 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.