You can use the Add Hardware wizard to add and configure a parallel port to send output to a file on the host computer.


  • Verify that the virtual machine is powered off.
  • Required privilege: Virtual machine.Configuration.Add or remove device


  1. In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. Click the Hardware tab and click Add.
  3. Select Parallel Port and click Next.
  4. Select Output to file and click Next.
  5. Browse to the location of the output file and Select or deselect the Connect at power on check box to connect or disconnect the device.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Review the information on the Ready to Complete page, and click Finish.