VMWare ESXI 6.7 Windows Server 2016 SafeNet Client

October 11, 2018 in Windows and Code Signing

[ ESXi 6.7 ] - Connect Token to ESXi VM Using ESXI web client

By default, ESXi >= 6.5 will not permit pass through connection of CCID USB devices such as the Aladdin Knowledge Token JC to the guest VM.

CCID (chip card interface device):
•A USB protocol that allows a smartcard to be connected to a computer via a card reader using a standard USB interface

*** Error displayed by ESXi on connect attempt:
•Failed to reconfigure virtual machine Win10x64. Cannot connect 'vid:0529 pid:0620 path:0/1/7/1' to this virtual machine. The device was not found.

Enable USB CCID Device Connection in VM

1.Shut-down the VM
2.VM > Edit settings > VM Options
3.Advanced > Configuration Parameters > Edit Configuration
4.+ Add Parameter and add following Key and Value
usb.generic.allowCCID TRUE

Connect Aladdin Knowledge Token JC to VM

1.Power-up VM
2.VM > Edit settings > Virtual Hardware
3.Add other device > USB device
4.Select Aladdin Knowledge Token JC > Save

The token should now show up in SafeNet

See Also
Supported USB device models for passthrough from an ESX or ESXi host to a virtual machine
Cannot mount a USB key or disk device media to an ESX/ESXi host