To connect peripheral devices to virtual machines, such as printers or scanners, you can use a parallel port. You send the output of such devices to a file on the host computer.
Note: If you are adding a parallel port to a virtual machine that runs on an ESXi 4.1 or earlier host, you can also select to send output to a physical parallel port on the host. This option is not available with ESXi 5.0 and later host versions.
Important: With virtual hardware version 11 and later, if you configure a virtual machine without parallel ports, they are entirely removed from the virtual chipset and they are not visible to the guest OS.
- Verify that the virtual machine is turned off. You cannot add or remove parallel ports if the virtual machine is turned on.
- Verify that you have the privilege on the virtual machine.
- Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and select Edit Settings.
- On the Virtual Hardware tab, select Parallel Port from the New device drop-down menu, and click Add.
The parallel port appears at the bottom of the virtual device list.
- Expand New Parallel port, and click Browse to locate a folder to create the file in.
- Type a name for the file in the Save As text box and click OK.
The file path appears in the Connection text box.
- (Optional) Select Connect At Power On to connect the device when the virtual machine powers on.
- Click OK.