You can set the type of SCSI bus sharing for a virtual machine and indicate whether the SCSI bus is shared. Depending on the type of sharing, virtual machines can access the same virtual disk simultaneously if the virtual machines reside on the same ESXi host or on a different host.

Procedure

  1. Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and select Edit Settings.
  2. On the Virtual Hardware tab, expand SCSI controller, and select the type of sharing in the SCSI Bus Sharing drop-down menu.

    Option

    Description

    None

    Virtual disks cannot be shared by other virtual machines.

    Virtual

    Virtual disks can be shared by virtual machines on the same ESXi host.

    Physical

    Virtual disks can be shared by virtual machines on any ESXi host.

    For virtual or physical bus sharing, select Thick provision eager zeroed when you create the disk.

  3. Click OK.