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Hyper-V 2012 R2 server standalone

Posted on 2013-12-07
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I am running a core Hyper-V 2012 R2 server and would like to add my wireless internal card.

How do I do this ?
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by:Rob Williams
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Firstly wireless network adapters are not supported on Hyper-V or even recommended on servers in general.  Without going into potential complications and security risks, though I have never tried this, to attempt to answer your question:

You will need to configure a similar wireless connection on a similar O/S.  Win 7 or Win 8 may work.  Then export the config file and import on the Hyper-V server.  This assumes the server recognizes your wireless NIC and installs the drivers.  The following blog article by Scott Hanselman outlines this process using a command line and netsh to some degree, and then how to connect to the Wireless network on the host.
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/HowToConnectToAWirelessWIFINetworkFromTheCommandLineInWindows7.aspx

Then as mentioned since Hyper-V does not support Wireless NIC’s you need to try a workaround such as outlined by Benjamin Armstrong by using Internet Connection Sharing rather than a typical virtual switch:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2008/01/09/using-hyper-v-with-a-wireless-network-adapter.aspx

Definitely not a recommended configuration, especially in a production environment, but interesting question.  Again I have not tried or tested this.
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by:HalCHub
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I didn't ask if it was a good idea. I asked how to do it.  This is a person test machine.
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And I believe I provided that information.  
There is no Microsoft documentation for doing so as it is not supported, nor do the Hyper-V management tools allow you to handle it like a wired NIC.  
I provided workarounds that should work.
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by:HalCHub
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did give a good answer
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by:Rob Williams
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Thanks HalCHub and good luck with your project.

I was disappointed you felt it was a 'C' grade answer, not for the points but I thought it was pretty good.  There is no stock answer to your question which is why you did not receive comments from other experts.   The tools just are not present in Hyper-V to use a wireless network adapter and there are no integration services for wireless adapters.  I found it an interesting question so I researched several options to try to put together a workaround.

Thinking about it since, a better option would be to use a range extender router or access point for your wireless that has a wired connection option.  You could then use standard, fully supported wired cards on the server, but still connect from the server to the wireless network.

Regardless, I hope it works out for you.
--Rob
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