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Windows Server 2012 R2 doesn't support bluetooth dongles. How can I get one to work with a bluetooth keyboard?
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by:Network Zero
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According to Microsoft it's not supported.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn133849%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

No answers that I could find on getting it working 100%
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by:Mike T
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Hi,

It's not supported for a reason. Why do you want to use a Bluetooth keyboard? What's wrong with USB?

Mike
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by:rgiles18
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I have a 2 rack data center in my home office. On my desk in that office, I'm connected to the WS2012r2, a laptop and my android cell(connected to an HDMI Monitor). The laptop and cell use the bluetooth keyboard. I would like for the WS2012r2 to use it also so I would only need one keyboard instead of two on my desk.
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by:Mike T
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Hi,

Understood. The MSDN (posted) link is clear but reading between the lines there's no *in-box* drivers, and it's not supported, which means "you might get it working but don't expect us to support it".

So, the key question is what hardware is your server running? Does the motherboard support Bluetooth or are you using a dongle?

NB: I found a quote from William R Stanek's book Server 2012 Inside and Out which says Bluetooth is supported.

Mike
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by:rgiles18
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Using a dongle. I got the dongle to show up in "Devices and Printers".
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Hi,

You need to install a Bluetooth stack as well. It's a very involved feat even on laptops I've wrestled with Bluetooth as sometimes they rely on .Net versions etc. What brand is the dongle? Did it come with drivers? If not, have you looked on their website?

Mike
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The driver for the dongle shows up as "CSR Bluetooth Device". Driver is by Motorola. No markings on the dongle.
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by:rgiles18
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I found a copy of IVT BlueSoleil v10.0.479.1 and it works great now.
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by:CompuHero
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Thank you for sharing your answer BlueSoleil worked for me too. I'm using Windows Server 2012 R2 with a Logitech K810 and a Logitech MX Master mouse.
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