You can specify the SCSI controller type and you can set the type of SCSI bus sharing for a virtual machine.

The choice of a SCSI controller type does not affect whether your virtual disk is an IDE or SCSI disk. The IDE adapter is always ATAPI. The default for your guest operating system is already selected.

The choice of a SCSI bus sharing option determines whether virtual machines on different hosts can access the same virtual disk.



  1. Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and select Edit Settings.
  2. On the Virtual Hardware tab, expand SCSI controller, and select a SCSI controller type from the Change Type drop-down menu.
    Caution: Changing the SCSI controller type might result in a virtual machine boot failure.

    Do not select a BusLogic Parallel controller for virtual machines with disks larger than 2 TB. This controller does not support large capacity hard disks.

    The vSphere Client displays information about what happens if you change the SCSI controller type. If you select a controller type that is not recommended for the virtual machine's guest operating system, a warning is displayed.
  3. 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.
    Physical Virtual disks can be shared by virtual machines on any ESXi host.
    Virtual Virtual disks can be shared by virtual machines on the same ESXi host.
    For virtual or physical bus sharing, select Thick provision eager zeroed when you create the disk.
  4. Click OK.