Does Hyper V on Windows 2008 R2 support USB devices and CDs?

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Just installed a Windows Server 2008 VM with Hyper V on a  Windows 2008 R2 Server. I would like to transfer some installation software to the VM OS with a USB drive. How would I do this? Thanks
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GlobaLevelProgrammer

Commented:
Why couldnt you? Hyper is just a layer software ustilizing the same hardware your USB would..
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
Hyper-V doesn't pass through USB ports (yet).  The only MS virtualization that does is Virtual PC that runs on Windows 7.  Burn your data to DVD and mount the media or go over the network.
Mohamed ElManakhlyInfrastructure Team Leader

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Hyper V doesn't support USB pass through ,, transfer your data to the VM through network , or add your files to an ISO image using softwares like ultraiso or poweriso  and mount it inside the VM from the virtual machine console.
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Top Expert 2011
Commented:
Hi,

It is not supported by default but you can do this with a workarround, I just published an article on expert exchange about this:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Applications/Virtual_Server/Hyper-V/A_5469-How-to-attach-a-usb-disk-to-a-Hyper-V-virtual-machine.html

Hope this helps.
Svet PaperovIT Manager
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I usually pack the installation software in ISO file that can be easy transferred over the network or USB key. You can attach an ISO file to the virtual DVD of the virtual machine and install the software from there.

There are also some third-party products as Digi AnywareUSB or USB-over-Network that provide access to USB drives over the network.

Unfortunately, Hyper-V doesn’t support direct access to the physical USB.  

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Will try the work around later this week. Thanks

If I mount a CD or DVD into the host server, will it also be visible on a drive in the Hyper V  VM?
Mohamed ElManakhlyInfrastructure Team Leader
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yes you can choose to use your physical CD/DVD rom to mount your media to the VM .. from the settings of the virtual machine under the IDE controller of the DVD drive , choose the phsyical CD/DVD rom
Top Expert 2011
Commented:
Hi,

If it is a cd / dvd drive you can add them just to choose a IDE cd/dvd drive and choose for physical drive in hyper-v manager.

This will be available as it;s own drive letter in the guest VM.

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I chose add DVD drive and then physical Drive D.  When I close the window and reopen it disappears. When you add the drive where do you see the files on the CD?  Thanks

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