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install usb printer on hyper-v host

    Question

  • Hello,

     

    is there a way I can install a usb printer on a hyper-v host set as a file and printer server directly

     

    Thanks

    Friday, November 05, 2010 5:40 AM

Answers

  • Nope.

    As I stated, not supported for USB attached printers.  You have to either attach the printer using LPT or it has to have an IP address (network attached) in some way.

    USB over ethernet is a sneaky way to do this, but effective.


    Brian Ehlert (hopefully you have found this useful) http://ITProctology.blogspot.com
    Friday, November 05, 2010 10:04 PM
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  • Hi.

    Please check this link: http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=43998

     


    Kristian
    Friday, November 05, 2010 8:10 AM
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  • USB-over-ethernet is just the answer nothing useful to read
    Friday, November 05, 2010 1:10 PM
  • Windows Server does not support using USB attached printers with its Print Server feature (it never has).  This is not a Hyper-V specific issue in any way.

    So you have to attach the printer to the print server in some other way, then you can serve it out.

    It has been this way since the introduction of USB printers.  USB devices run in a user context, not a system context (I have seen very, very few exceptions to this).  therefore the system cannot 'own' the device - thus the divice is either not available to the system (each security context is a unique container) or it is considered unreliable as it appears, then disappears, and appears again, and so on - as the device goes back and forth between the system and user.


    Brian Ehlert (hopefully you have found this useful) http://ITProctology.blogspot.com
    Friday, November 05, 2010 2:48 PM
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  • ok so basically in needs to run under the system service to be available to hyper-v hosts otherwise not.

    Is ths something that can be enforced to run as a system service ?

     

    Thanks

    Friday, November 05, 2010 9:44 PM
  • Nope.

    As I stated, not supported for USB attached printers.  You have to either attach the printer using LPT or it has to have an IP address (network attached) in some way.

    USB over ethernet is a sneaky way to do this, but effective.


    Brian Ehlert (hopefully you have found this useful) http://ITProctology.blogspot.com
    Friday, November 05, 2010 10:04 PM
    Moderator