If you are one of those people who is looking for a way to enable Citrix XenServer USB support, then we’ve written this guide for a good reason.
In this article, you’ll find out about two simple ways to enable XenServer USB passthrough, and how to fix any possible issues that could come along the way.
FlexiHub has an intuitive interface and offers an advanced USB over IP functionality that allows XenServer access to local USB devices.
When you find yourself in a situation when it is problematic to enable XenServer USB device passthrough, FlexiHub will help you to establish connections to real USB peripherals from your virtual machine with nothing more than a couple of mouse clicks.
One of the biggest advantages of FlexiHub is that it works on Windows, Linux, Android, and Mac operating systems. This means you can easily connect USB devices from Windows to Linux, from Linux to Mac, and in other combinations.
If you prefer the video guides, you can watch this step-by-step walkthrough:
Here you go! Now, the device that is attached to the host computer will appear in Citrix Hypervisor like it was connected directly to the guest.
Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) is a complex server virtualization platform with built-in enterprise-class features that allows you to easily manage mixed operating systems, storage, and data exchange configurations.
Citrix Hypervisor provides an efficient way of building a scalable system, as it can be used on the server hardware without any underlying OS.
This hypervisor is designed to virtualize hardware components like hard drives, ports, devices, etc. making them available to guest operating systems started on it.
Another way to make Citrix XenServer USB passthrough possible is to configure XenServer to work with locally attached USB devices.
Also, note that it may be necessary to install the device driver on the guest machine for the device to work correctly.
Use the following procedure to detach a USB device from Citrix XenServer:
You need to take note of these restrictions and operating system requirements when considering implementing USB passthrough on XenServer.
You can only use USB passthrough with these HVM guests.
Here are a couple of common problems you might run into while using USB passthrough with XenServer.
1. Receiving this error when attaching a USB device: “The VM has too many VUSBs”.
This error indicates you have exceeded the maximum amount of USB devices that can be passed through to a specific VM. You can have up to six USB devices attached to the VM at the same time.
2. You don’t see the USB tab on XenCenter after you have connected a USB device on the XenServer host.
This error may be due to an improper license which disables the USB tab.
The USB tab doesn’t appear on XenCenter after connecting USB devices to the XenServer host. You need to use XenServer Enterprise Edition or access XenServer through a XenDesktop/XenApp entitlement when you want to implement USB passthrough functionality.