In addition to configuring virtual machine CPU and Memory, and adding hard disks and virtual network adapters, you can also add and configure virtual hardware, such as DVD/CD-ROM drives, floppy drives, and SCSI devices. You can also add a virtual Watchdog Timer (VWDT) device, Precision Clock device, and PCI devices.
Add a CD or DVD Drive to a Virtual Machine in the VMware Host Client You can use a physical drive on a client or host, or you can use an ISO image to add a CD/DVD drive to a virtual machine.
Add a Floppy Drive to a Virtual Machine in the VMware Host Client Use a physical floppy drive or a floppy image to add a floppy drive to a virtual machine.
Parallel and Serial Port Configuration in the VMware Host Client Parallel and serial ports are interfaces for connecting peripherals to the virtual machine. The virtual serial port can connect to a physical serial port or to a file on the host computer. You can also use it to establish a direct connection between two virtual machines or a connection between a virtual machine and an application on the host computer. You can add parallel and serial ports and change the serial port configuration.
Using a Virtual Watchdog Timer To ensure self-reliance related to the system performance within a virtual machine, you can add a virtual Watchdog Timer (VWDT) device. If the guest operating system stops responding and cannot recover on its own due to software glitches or errors, the VWDT waits for a predefined period of time and then restarts the system.
Add a Precision Clock Device to a Virtual Machine in the VMware Host Client A precision clock is a virtual device that runs on a virtual machine and accesses the system time of a host. By adding a precision clock to a virtual machine, you ensure time synchronization and high precision timestamping.
Add a PCI Device to a Virtual Machine in the VMware Host Client DirectPath I/O allows the guest operating system of a virtual machine to access the physical PCI and PCIe devices connected to a host directly. By using this technology, you can connect each virtual machine to up to sixteen physical PCI devices. You can use Dynamic DirectPath I/O to assign multiple PCI passthrough devices to a virtual machine. Starting with vSphere 7.0, you can identify the PCI passthrough devices by their vendor and model name.