To use peripheral SCSI devices, such as printers or storage devices, you must add the device to the virtual machine. When you add a SCSI device to a virtual machine, you select the physical device to connect to and the virtual device node.

The SCSI device is assigned to the first available virtual device node on the default SCSI controller, for example (0:1). To avoid data congestion, you can add another SCSI controller and assign the SCSI device to a virtual device node on that controller. Only device nodes for the default SCSI controller are available unless you add additional controllers. If the virtual machine does not have a SCSI controller, a controller is added when you add the SCSI device.

For SCSI controller and virtual device node assignments and behavior, see SCSI and SATA Storage Controller Conditions, Limitations, and Compatibility.


Required privileges: Virtual machine.Configuration.Raw device


  1. Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and select Edit Settings.
  2. On the Virtual Hardware tab, select SCSI Device from the New device drop-down menu and click Add.
    The SCSI device appears in the Virtual Hardware devices list.
  3. Expand New SCSI device to change the device options.
  4. (Optional) From the Virtual Device Node drop-down menu, select the virtual device node.
  5. Click OK.


The virtual machine can access the device.