Setting up virtual environments can be essential to troubleshooting hardware and software problems. Unfortunately, if your software relies on SMART data to function properly, you’re out of luck, since virtual disks do not have SMART functionality. Since I was attempting to setup a hardware configuration in a virtual environment and the software needed SMART data to function, I was disappointed in finding that every forum I encountered basically said I was dead in the water. So I looked for an alternative. When I developed a workaround, I decided to write a tutorial in case there are others out there looking for a way to get SMART data in a virtual environment.