The ability to connect to USB devices from within a virtual environment is called USB passthrough. The USB device can be connected to the Hyper-V host or the computer accessing the VM.
- How to access USB in Hyper-V
- Step-by-step guide about Hyper-V USB passthrough
- How to share USB in Hyper-V on Server-side
- USB in Hyper-V sharing guide for client side
How to share USB in Hyper-V with the software
Being a client/server solution, USB via Ethernet performs two main functions:
- on a server PC (it can be Windows 10, Linux, or Mac), you can use the app to share a USB device so that it can be accessed both from your VM’s guest OS, and from any remote computer, as long as it’s connected to your network.
- on a client machine, USB Network Gate helps you to connect to shared devices and operate them as if they were local resources.
With the ease of use of USB Network Gate, you won’t need to spend up on any pricey gadgets or rack your brain over some fiddly configuration process to access USB in Hyper-V.
Steps to access USB in Hyper-V
Just follow these steps to organize Hyper-V USB passthrough:
Step 1: Start with installing the app on your server (host OS) and client (guest OS).
Step 2: Using the app, share any of the USB devices plugged into your server directly.
Step 3: Run the app on your client VM and find the shared device on the list.
Step 4: Click the ‘Connect’ button next to the shared device’s name, and it will instantly appear in the Device Manager of your client (VM’s) operating system.Yes, just like that! By this route, you can safely use USB in Hyper-V. For instance, during your Hyper-V VM session, access a USB memory stick plugged into the host PC.