Wacom and USB Redirection in Virtual Machines

Brandon Rozek

May 24, 2019

Virt-Manager is a great tool for managing virtual machines under Linux. Today I learned of Spice USB redirection. Essentially it allows you to switch USB devices from the host to the virtualized environment. This came in handy when I noticed that the graphics tablet device was not able to do pressure sensitivity on the Windows guest.

To achieve this goal, I removed the graphics tablet hardware device and manually redirected that USB device to the guest. I then remembered to install the Wacom drivers for the Windows VM.