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Install a USB 3.0 adapter in Hyper V physical server

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  • I'd like to install a 3.0 card in this server so that I can connect a usb drive that could be shared by Hyper V and backups could be run to.  Is this possible?  I can't seem to access the device manager (even after enabling in sconfig and group policy) on the Hyper V machine to see if it installed but no USB drives are showing up at the command prompt.
    17. ledna 2012 18:28

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  • Correct, host hardware like your USB card are not accessible by a VM.  The Hyper-V VM is a completely different computer from your physical computer.

    There are USB over network options you could use, but there is no USB support inside a Hyper-V VM.

    17. ledna 2012 18:55
  • We have been using the StarTech PEXUSB3S2 with great success.

    Note that we see problems with Vantec's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 docks so we avoid them.

    EDIT: How to install a driver on Server Core:

    1. Install: pnputil -i –a driver.inf
    2. Delete: sc query type=<driver>

    Philip Elder SBS MVP Blog: http://blog.mpecsinc.ca
    17. ledna 2012 19:15
  • I know that I can't access USB from the VM, I'm looking to be able to install a usb card on the physical box, then connect a removable drive and share it so it will work as a shared drive from the VM.
    17. ledna 2012 19:24
  • How can I tell if it's been installed or not?  I can't view the device manager of Hyper-V.
    17. ledna 2012 19:25
  • How can I tell if it's been installed or not?  I can't view the device manager of Hyper-V.


    Use a client with RSAT for Win7SP1 installed to manage the server. MMC --> Computer --> Other --> YourHyper-VServer.

    HVRemote is the tool to configure both host and remote management OS for all of this:

    http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/HVRemote

     


    Philip Elder SBS MVP Blog: http://blog.mpecsinc.ca
    17. ledna 2012 21:06
  • Hi,

     

    According to the description, it seems the driver for the USB 3.0 is not installed properly. You may try to install USB 3.0 drivers with Core Configurator.

     

    Core Configurator 2.0 (x64)

    http://coreconfig.codeplex.com/

     

    By the way, if the USB 3.0 disk works properly, you will be able to find it with DISKPART> list disk command.

     

     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

     

    18. ledna 2012 2:37
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  • Phillip, that StarTech seems like a pretty nice setup.

    Which card are you using for USB3 or was it integrated in the motherboard?

    Are you running Server Core or the full version?

    We installed some USB3 PCI-e cards by Patriot that were recognized by the HyperV Server but any devices plugged into the card would not read (USB2, USB3 and thumb drive USB2).

    We are trying to find a solution that others are saying WILL work for our servers.

    14. června 2012 17:56
  • Wesley,

    We have the StarTech card going pretty much non-stop to their USB 3 four drive dock.

    Have not tried Core yet but the driver install should be okay to run or to have done at the command line.

    Will test when I have the time.

    Philip


    Philip Elder SBS MVP Blog: http://blog.mpecsinc.ca

    14. června 2012 20:00
  • I'd like to install a 3.0 card in this server so that I can connect a usb drive that could be shared by Hyper V and backups could be run to.  Is this possible?  I can't seem to access the device manager (even after enabling in sconfig and group policy) on the Hyper V machine to see if it installed but no USB drives are showing up at the command prompt.

    Run an iSCSI target on a parent partition, map drive over iSCSI and use it from any place (including same hypervisor host running your VMs in a loopback). This is how it works with physical tapes and VMs:

    http://www.starwindsoftware.com/download-starwind-tape-redirector

    with hard disks attached to USB it's pretty much the same. Except you're much more flexible and can use virtually any Windows-based iSCSI target (including Microsoft free one).

    -nismo

    15. června 2012 10:32
  • I'd like to piggyback off your question a bit. 

    Has anyone successfully installed a USB3 PCI/PCIe etc...  card into a Server 2008 R2 Core or HyperV Server physical box?

    I installed the card on my HyperV Server and was able to view it via Device Manager, I was able to install via the PNPutil and everything seemed fine.  Unfortunately I was unable to view any devices that were plugged into this card whether it were a USB2 flash drive or a USB3 external drive (2.5' form factor with no power supply).

    Has anyone had different results with a particular card?

    20. června 2012 23:28
  • Wesley,

    Make/model?

    The StarTech has done very well for us.


    Philip Elder SBS MVP Blog: http://blog.mpecsinc.ca

    20. června 2012 23:42
  • Phillip,

    We purchased a PCI-e USB3 card from Fry's but returned it since it would not recognize anything that was plugged into it even after installation.

    I am trying to find out if someone else has had any luck with another USB3 PCI-e card out there on Server Core or HyperV Server as my experience provided me no ability to see the drives that were plugged into the USB3 card.

    The company is leaning strongly away from using a docking station since it is not powered from within the Server.

    Please let me know if you need any more information.

    Thanks!

    • Navržen jako odpověď marihotrod 9. března 2013 10:03
    28. června 2012 20:47
  • Folks, we _only_ use the StarTech card.

    We tried others with no success.


    Philip Elder SBS MVP Blog: http://blog.mpecsinc.ca

    28. června 2012 20:54