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  • Any way to Install USB Printer in Hyper-V

    Can anyone tell me how to install a USB Printer (HP Laserjet) in HYPER-V? I've tried but no good. It sees the printer and recognizes it as the default.
    thanks in advance. It would great to prin out errors and data.

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    Re: Any way to Install USB Printer in Hyper-V

    I would search for USB over Ethernet products.
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      Re: Any way to Install USB Printer in Hyper-V

      Might give this open source one a go: http://sourceforge.net/projects/usbip/
      Still in the early stages of the development but worth a go since it's free.
      There are also other hardware options.
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        Re: Any way to Install USB Printer in Hyper-V

        I thought this would be an issue when I first started Hyper-V, but I now think it's only difficult if you're running Hyper-V Server (i.e. the cut down GUI-less and free version). If you're running Server 2008 with Hyper-V the you can install the printer in the parent partition ( i.e. the hosting instance of Server 2008 ) and share it.
        For printers this is almost never a problem so long as drivers for 2008 are available, but scanners and all-in-one devices would be different.

        If you truly need to control the USB port from the client OS, then USB-over-ethernet is the only way. And the sourceforge project requires a Linux host (at the moment) although it does have a beta Windows client. Not a solution for us Hyper-V'ers!

        For commercial USB-over-Ethernet take a look at fabulatech.com.

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