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Assign a USB for Licensing Server in Windows 2012

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We are going to setup a Hyper-V machine on a Windows 2012 server. The VM will also be 2012. Is there anything special I need to do to make usb ports available to the VM? I ask this because several of our products use the USB key to activate over the network.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Hyper-V does not have very good USB support.  You should consult your vendors first to find out if they support their products in a virtual environment in general and Hyper-V in particular.  They may have alternate licensing enforcement methods for such environments or they may not support them at all.  (It's unwise to use products in an unsupported state!)
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Are there some USB over Ethernet products you might suggest?
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Again, contact the vendors and see what they recommend  - I don't know your software and even if you told us what it was odds are we haven't worked with it before and don't know what the USB keys' specific requirements are - the VENDOR does.
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We ended up just using another machine. There were very few of the products that still used the USB eys and it wasn't worth the extra investment!
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