Booting VMware Workstation Guests from USB

VMware Workstation guest VM’s do not support booting from USB devices, (it’s not built into their “BIOS”). However there’s nothing to stop you booting to CD then using that to boot to USB.


1. Download the PLoP Boot manager from

2. Extract the downloaded zip file, and inside you will find an ISO image called plpbt.iso that’s all we need. You can delete everything else.

3. Set your virtual machine to use this .iso file as its CD drive.


4. Connect your USB drive to the guest VM by clicking VM > Removable Devices > The device you wish to connect > Connect.


5. Boot the VM with your PLoP CD, image and select USB from the boot options.



About Alex Hunt

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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