Hardware Passthrough in VMware ESXi 6.5

VMware ESXi 6.5 continues to improve the simplicity of using its platform more and more as new editions come out.  Today I’ll show you how simple it is to passthrough a hardware device to a VM.

In this case we are going to passthrough the motherboard disk controller, and LSI 2116 to a VM in order to work on a disk that I will write about in a later post.

From the main ESXi home page we click on Manage and then Hardware.

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You will be presented with a long list of all the hardware components that your system presents to ESXi.  For our purposes we need to find the LSI 2116 Controller.  Click the checkbox next to the device and you will get a notification stating you need to reboot in order to enable the passthrough of this device.

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Now we simply reboot the system.  Once the system is back up we take the VM we wish to use the hardware on.  Simple Edit the Settings on the VM and Click Add other Device and Select PCI Device

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Then we chose or device from the drop down.  For us, since we only have this one device passed, that is the only choice.   Save the configuration and you will clearly see the device added.

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In our case we have added a 10K Disk to the Storage Controller that has a unique setup on it, but more on that later.  Once we’ve booted an OS, or in our case the CentOS 7 Installer, I am happy to see that the disk shows up.

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