VMWare Workstation – Shared VMs Passthrough

I haven’t found much info about this..
Is it possible to passthrough Network Interfaces and/or USB into the VMs ?
I would like to have a laptop running VMs hosted in the Workstation Server, but it would be ideal to be able to passthrough some devices into the VMs.
Is this achievable, or I must think on changing into an ESXi based solution ?

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  1. It depends on what USB device you’re trying to pass through. I’m able to get usb hdd’s passed through without issues, but I haven’t tried anything else like USB NICs. From their docs:

    > These USB devices are not available for passthrough:
    >USB devices such as mice and keyboards that have a bootable HID interface.
    >USB devices such as real time video cameras and audio devices that use isochronous data transfers.
    >USB devices on which an ESXi host is installed. For more information, see [VMware support for USB/SD devices used for installing VMware ESXi (1010574)](https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1010574).

  2. VMware Workstation does not support PCI Passthrough as mentioned before by others.

    It does support USB redirection (passthrough if you want to give it another name) but not for shared VMs.

    So the short answer is:
    No, it doesn’t support it.

    More info: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2005585

    (Note that it doesn’t mention the last version of Workstation in the article, but I have not seen or read anything that has changed in that regard)

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