This feature is only available for Workstation Pro on a Windows host. When you plug a new USB device into your Windows host machine, Workstation Pro responds according to the USB Connections setting, which you can configure.

The default setting for the USB Connections setting is Ask me what to do. You can change the setting to suit your needs.

Procedure

  1. Select Edit > Preferences > USB.
  2. Select one of the options and click OK.
    • Ask me what to do

    • Connect the device to the host

    • Connect the device to the foreground virtual machine

Results

Selected Option

Result When You Plug a New USB Device into the Host

Ask me what to do

If Workstation Pro is open and one or more virtual machines is powered on, a dialog box appears that prompts you to choose which machine to connect the device to. You can choose the host or one of the powered-on virtual machines.

Connect the device to the host

Workstation Pro always connects new USB devices to the host machine regardless of whether a virtual machine is running.

Connect the device to the foreground virtual machine

If Workstation Pro is open and one or more virtual machines is powered on, Workstation Pro connects the device to the powered-on virtual machine in the foreground.

What to do next

Plug a USB device into the Windows host machine. If the Ask me what to do option is configured, when you plug in a device, you must respond to the New USB Device Detected dialog box. See Select the Machine a USB Device Connects To. Access the USB device from the machine you selected.

You can manually connect a USB device to the virtual machine by selecting VM > Removable Devices > Device Name > Connect (Disconnect from host)