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Enable passthrough for the Intel AHCI controller, specifically the Union Point controller from the Kaby Lake chipset.

  • Activate the ssh service in Vsphere Client.
  • Use Putty or any other terminal program to connect to you Esxi SSH server.
  • Use vi, for example: vi /etc/vmware/
  • Add these 2 lines at the bottom of the file (for other controllers replace the first two numbers with values from lspci -v):
# Intel Union Point AHCI
8086 a282 d3d0 false
  • Use ESC then :wq to save and quit vi.
  • Reboot the Esxi server.
  • Add the AHCI controller to the passthrough devices and reboot the Esxi server again.
esxi/passthrough.txt · Last modified: 2019/08/24 13:15 by derek