windows 2012 -- hyper v, external usb ?

Are there easier steps then http://oxfordsbsguy.com/2014/07/08/how-to-add-a-usb-disk-to-a-windows-2012-hyper-v-vm to get USB hard drives to appear on VMs ?

Currently I just plug it in and the HOST sees it, but the VMs do not unless I do all the above steps.
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Casey WeaverNetwork EngineerCommented:
Not that I'm aware of. Microsoft has made it clear that they are headed in a cloud direction with Hyper-V. Their best practices show that anything that requires tied in physical hardware (like dedicated USB licensing dongles) are not a fit for Hyper-V. And in a way they are right, things like that get in the way of truly redundant and fault tolerant solutions.

I always recommend grabbing ISCSI devices to work with Hyper-V. Synology DS115J devices are good 100$ enclosures for a hard disk that can present ISCSI.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
At present Hyper-V does not support USB, unlike VMware vSphere.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes. USB works fine for me in VMware.
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