You can change the output file and schedule the parallel port to connect or disconnect when the virtual machine powers on.

You can use a parallel port on the virtual machine to send output to a file. You cannot use a physical parallel port on ESXi hosts.

Virtual machines can be powered on during the configuration


  1. In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. Click the Hardware tab and select the parallel port to change.
  3. Select Output to file and click Browse to navigate to the file location.
  4. (Optional) Deselect Connect at power on if you do not want the parallel port device to be connected when the virtual machine powers on.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.