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When you attach a USB device, the system has to determine whether to assign it to your host or guest OS (vmware). There should be a prompt or setting in your VMware to capture a USB device.
When Linux detects a USB device you should either see a message at the console, showing the device name, or you can check dmesg or /var/log/messages, or use the lsscsi command to obtain the device name. Then you mount the filesystem on the device. If you use a graphical desktop like Gnome, it should mount automatically.
I suggest you check your VMware first.
You should see a log in dmesg or /var/log/messages that shows the detected device for the USB, e.g sdb. If not, it's a setting in your VMware to pass on the information from your host system. You may have to install the VMware guest tools. I suggest to see the VMware documentation. Whether or not you can mount the USB device in Linux will also depend on the filesystem. By default it won't read, e.g. NTFS.
You can try the command "tail -f /var/log/messages", then plug in the USB device and watch the screen. If nothing shows up, you have a problem with with VMware or perhaps need to install the VMware tools for Linux. To discuss or troubleshoot VMware is however byond the scope of this forum.
If you need to install VMware tools or NTFS support, perhaps the following is helpful:
Oracle NTFS howto:
Oracle Linux NTFS how-to
VMware tools and Oracle Linux howto:
VMware Tools and Oracle Linux Howto
Edited by: Dude on Nov 6, 2012 9:49 AM
muskan wrote:The USB device will only been seen by a single guest. If it's being detected by Windows XP, it will not appear in your Oracle Linux guest at the same time. Make sure you're only running one guest while doing this test.
2) Through this VMware, i have configured windowXP also, in which usb is getting detect automatically. Do i need to see VMware settings for USB for OEL?
Also, if your USB device is formatted with NTFS, it may not be able to be mounted as Oracle Linux does not have support for NTFS. This needs to be added manually.
Automount (gnome) of removable devices only works if you are logged into a graphical Desktop (GUI) on the server, and of course with supported file systems. VM products, in addition, usually require to capture or register external devices to intercept automatic processing by the host system which cannot be mounted at the same time by the host and guest OS.