I blogged about USB support in a virtual environment a good while back now, and it seems like it was quite a popular post – a number of comments reference the ability of some technologies out there, such as VMware Workstation and the new VMware Server that already support USB inside VMs, which is great, however this isn’t currently the case with Hyper-V, or ESX.
One of the comments that was made was that AnywhereUSB (highlighted in the original blog post), doesn’t yet support Windows Server 2008 or Vista. However, the Fabulatech solution, namely, USB over Network, does support Server 2008 and Vista for both 32-bit and 64-bit. It’s also very cost effective, at just under $150. This will allow you to access a USB device, from inside a Virtual Machine, so things like, License Keys on USB keys don’t mean that the Server bit can’t be virtualised.
Check out all the information here: http://www.fabulatech.com/usb-over-network.html and see the online tutorials here: http://www.fabulatech.com/usb-over-network-tour.html
As virtualisation becomes more and more popular, one of the common questions I’m being asked is around USB and getting USB devices into the virtual machines. This isn’t such a problem in the Desktop Virtualisation space – most technologies now allow for