Emulating USB in HYPER-V R2 for SBS 2008 migration

Hi All,

Another question for you guys. Glad if you could help.
Planning on doing a SBS 2008 migration mode install pretty soon. As you are aware that during the migration, you have to create an answer file and put it on a USB disk. This is what my issue is.
I have HYPER-V R2 installed on the server and it doesn't have any USB suppport. How do I emulate the USB function, so that during the install, it picks up the ANSWERFILE from a USB.
any ideas??
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Hi,

USB Emulation in HYPER-V is not there.

Refer this:
Go to Limitation Section: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-V

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_24861476.html

I hope this helps,
Shree
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manav08Author Commented:
shreedhar,

I am already aware of that but is there a way I can still do the Migration Mode install of SBS. It says I can use removable media - what would this classed as.
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Hi,

You can use vfd to store the Answer file.

Refer this:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2009/11/07/Migration-Step-Ten_3A00_--Answer-File.aspx

and search for getting the answer-file in to a .vfd

Also refer this:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/f17a5448-853a-44e2-b606-2c4a918c98b8

I hope this helps,
Shree
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manav08Author Commented:
That sounds like a plan.
Create a vfd and then mount it.
Only problem/hassle would be that I will need to either put a dummy OS to format that vfd and then put the answer file or use some kind of VFD explorer (do you know of any??).

Also is running a answer file from floppy drive gonna work you reckon???
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jakethecatukCommented:
You can present a USB drive to a virtual machine running on HYPER-V.

Plug the drive into your HYPER-V host and then go into disk manager.  Find the USB disk under disk manager, right click on it and make it offline.

Go into HYPER-V manager and settings for your SBS server.  Under SCSI, add a new hard disk choose 'Physical Hard Disk' and select the USB drive you've plugged in.

See attached screen shots: -

disk.jpg
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manav08Author Commented:
jakethecatuk,

Thanks for the screenshots but I already know this.
I want to emulate a "USB as a US"B NOT "USB as a Hard Drive". This is a requirement for SBS migration.

shreedhar,

In other words a tool that allows you to extract or mount a VFD file would be great!!
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Hi,

Download WinImage: http://www.winimage.com/download.htm

It should work!

I hope this helps,
Shree
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manav08Author Commented:
Shreedhar,

winimage definitely looks like the way to go. Thanks for the great tool..:)
I will test it all out in the coming 2 weeks and award points. Just in case I get stuck..
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manav08Author Commented:
Shreedhar,

I am hopeful that this should work. Next weekend I will try it and awar you your welll deserved points.
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Good luck!!!
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manav08Author Commented:
Guys, I thought I will let you know that I have posted yet another question about HYPER-V. See if you can help - http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Applications/Virtual_Server/Hyper-V/Q_26007334.html
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Does this problem resolved?
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manav08Author Commented:
Hi Shreedhar,

I was actually referring to another issue I am having now and I have posted a sperate question but as far as this particular question is concerned, I have only about 2 hours ago tested this and here is what I found -

If I created a new virtual floppy disk file and try to edit it using WINIMAGE, it gives me an error but if I pick up a .vfd which has previously been setup and formatted on another server, I can open it with WINIMAGE and inject files in it.
So what I did was copy this .vfd from another server onto this new virtual server and inject this SBSAnswerFile.xml using WINIMAGE and it seems to work fine using this method. SBS MIGRATION file was picked up by sbs as well.

I have now put this vfd in my thumb drive so that I can just edit it using WINIMAGE in future. Easy enough I guess.
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manav08Author Commented:
All good champ. Thanks for your time.
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