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  • I have a Virtual Windows 7 client running and I want to burn a DVD from it. I can attach my physical DVD burner to the VM but it comes up in the VM as a MS CD/ROM ATA Device. How can I get the guest OS to see it as a burner?
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:11 AM

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  • You can't. Microsoft virtualization products provide you with a virtual DVD/ROM only. It doesn't matter what physical devices you have. Virtual machines don't interact with physical devices, they interact with virtual devices.

    The workaround is to install iso file creation software in your virtual machine. You can create an iso file inside your vm. Copy the iso file to your physical machine and burn optical media from the iso file.

    Free iso creation utilities I use are isorecorder http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm and folder2iso http://www.trustfm.net/divx/SoftwareFolder2Iso.php?b2=1.
    • Marked as answer by John Paul Cook Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:54 AM
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:54 AM

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  • You can't. Microsoft virtualization products provide you with a virtual DVD/ROM only. It doesn't matter what physical devices you have. Virtual machines don't interact with physical devices, they interact with virtual devices.

    The workaround is to install iso file creation software in your virtual machine. You can create an iso file inside your vm. Copy the iso file to your physical machine and burn optical media from the iso file.

    Free iso creation utilities I use are isorecorder http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm and folder2iso http://www.trustfm.net/divx/SoftwareFolder2Iso.php?b2=1.
    • Marked as answer by John Paul Cook Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:54 AM
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:54 AM
  • I wonder if Microsoft has plans to provide for true hardware pass through?

    I was using the free version of VMWare Server before I switch over to Hyper-V and that provided pass through for Burners and USB devices. The bad it did not play well with Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2...
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 11:28 AM
  • Hyper-V is designed for server environment, so never hope to add the burner function into the VM. I have read that there is no USB support because of security reason, however, MS may consider adding USB to Hyper-V in the future if most of us need this function.
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:29 PM