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I have a VMWare ESXi 4.1 server that hosts several virtual machines (the server is just for my home use.) From one of those VMs, I wanted to copy some files onto a USB stick.

I see that you can add a USB Controller to the Virtual Machine from within vSphere. And that works, and I can see the USB Controller in Device Manager on the Windows Server 2008r2 Guest Virtual Machine.

But I can't seem to see the USB 2.0 flash drive from the guest OS.

Is there a trick I am missing?

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Once you have added you USB controller to the VM you need to add a device separately.

Go to Edit virtual machine settings and click Add... then choose USB device and click Next> you should get a list of available devices to choose from. Select the one you want and click Next>then Finish.

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Perfect! It wouldn't have occurred to me to try and add another type of device. (makes sense, though, in retrospect.) – Clever Human Jan 28 '11 at 19:05

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