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  • 1.  Share a specific hardware with VM

    Posted Jun 25, 2009 02:37 PM

    Hi All,

    I need to know is it possible and how to make a specific hardware to be available for virtual machines?

    I'm testing with ESX 4 (in evaluation) and trying to make a specific PCI device, which is not emulated, to be "visible" for VMs.

    Can I/O pass-trough be somehow used in ESX 4 or ESX4i?

    Appreciate some help and advice!



  • 2.  RE: Share a specific hardware with VM

    Posted Jun 25, 2009 04:53 PM

    Yes, you can passthrough some PCI devices to VM on ESX4, but you need supported hardware to do this. Only latest Intel Xeons (Nehalem) support it.


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  • 3.  RE: Share a specific hardware with VM

    Posted Jun 25, 2009 05:30 PM

    Yes, you can passthrough some PCI devices to VM on ESX4, but you need supported hardware to do this. Only latest Intel Xeons (Nehalem) support it.

    This is the VMware supported way, but PCI passtrough also works perfect on Intel 5400 Chipset (with VTd) and Intel Xeon 5410 for example.

    Daniel

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