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XenServer and usb devices (wifi adapter and webcams)


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Hello fellow hake forum fans,

I recently set up a xenserver on an intel nuc, and have a few VMs up and runnning. Right now all 4 VMS show up on the network using the same ethernet NIC and have different ip addresses, which is great and my home hack lab is almost complete. YAY! except my dreams have been a little crushed.

I wanted to use this little portable hack lab in a demo at work on exploiting various windows machines on a network with metasploit thus gaining meterpreter sessions. Its not a complete show stopper, but i wanted to demo how one could get access even to a users webcam. Problem is, the VMs don't have web cams right. So while i was waiting for my nut to arrive, i prematurely grabbed a few cheap $5 usb webcams from micro center. The cams work right out of the box on both my realworld linux and windows machines, but it seems i can't do usb passthroughs to VMs on XenServer, accept for usb storage devices.

I am wondering if anyone else using xenserver has managed to get anything working like this. The idea was to plug in a few usb web cams and assign them to different VMs on my host. I read somewhere that it may be possible with usb over network but the devices i have found for that seem to expensive of a risk.

I realize that xenserver is open source so i guess i was hoping someone made a plug in for this.

I gather another option would be to use a different hypervisor rather than xenserver. but i don't feel like paying for ESXi and had a real hard time trying to build an iso for nuc. none of the tutorials i have seen worked for me.


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