A while back, I had written an article on some options for IT Pros wishing to extend Host-attached USB devices into a VM. With the introduction of Windows-To-Go ( WTG ) USB Drives, there’s now a new option to extend USB storage into VMs by leveraging the firmware present on WTG-certified USB devices with Windows Server 2012 hosts running the Hyper-V role.
In this article, I’ll step through the process of using WTG-certified USB Drives with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts to extend USB storage into a VM.
Hope you enjoy!
WTG-Certified USB Drives include a modified firmware that presents a USB-connected WTG Drive as a fixed ( ie., non-removable ) storage device to a host operating system. By leveraging this modified firmware, we can connect a WTG-drive to a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host and then present it as a “pass-through” disk by “hot-adding” it to the VM Settings of a particular VM. And … VOILA! The VM sees the USB drive!
Let’s step through the process together …
Completed! Your USB-attached WTG Drive is now available from inside your VM. When you’ve completed working with your USB WTG Drive, just reverse the steps to detach and remove the WTG Drive from your VM Settings.
You can try the steps in this article yourself by downloading Windows Server 2012 and stepping through our lab to install Windows Server 2012 with the Hyper-V role as a dual-boot OS on your existing laptop or desktop computer.
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.