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USB on Hyper-V VM Server 2012R2

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I am trying to run software (McCormick's Win1000) on a virtual server on Hyper-V. Server is Server 2012R2 Essentials. This software uses a USB dongle for licensing authentication -- in other words it looks for the USB device so that the software can run. I have done some basic reading and it seems that there are really only two options to solve this problem 1. Hardware that makes the USB devices accessible over the network (USB-Ethernet USB Hubs) or 2. Software to "pass-through" USB from Hyper-V to VM. As such my questions are
1. Are there any other solutions, hopefully native to Hyper-V (no outside software or hardware)? and
2. If No to Question 1, then which solutions work best for software dongles -- please give specific hardware (make & model) or software (name & version) recommendations. Thank you!
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