USB On Your Virtual Machine

Eric Sloof recently wrote about FabulaTech, which has a product called USB Over Network. This is a very nice software based client/server application that turns a PC with a USB device connected into a USB host – you can then install the client piece on your Virtual Machine to connect to the hosted USB connection.

Digi also has a product called AnywhereUSB, it pretty much does the same thing but without the need of a host machine, you plug your USB device into the AnywhereUSB appliance (very small 5 port USB hub) and install the client piece on your Virtual Machine, the connection is made over a 10/100 ethernet line.  I’ve used a couple dozen of these for software that requires a USB License Key, never having a problem with any of them.

Created on January 24, 2009 by Rick Scherer

Posted under ESX 3.5 Tips, ESXi 3.5 Tips, Hyper-V.

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  1. Andrew Storrs
    1:28 pm on January 24th, 2009

    I’ve used the Digi’s as well without problems for any vendors that don’t support network HASPs.

  2. sven huisman
    2:39 pm on January 24th, 2009

    I’ve used keyspan usb server. it has 4 usb ports and each port can be connected to a different VM.

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