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    Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode - Turn On or Off

    Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode - Turn On or Off
    How to Turn On or Off Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode in Windows 8.1
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    How to Turn On or Off Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode in Windows 8.1


    information   Information
    Enhanced Session Mode allows your Hyper-V virtual machines to access local resources from your Hyper-V host (your PC). You will not need a network connection to the Virtual Machine as it uses the VMbus. The following are a list of local resources Enhanced Session Mode supports:

    • Display configuration
    • Audio
    • Printers
    • Clipboard
    • Smart cards
    • USB devices
    • Drives
    • Supported Plug and Play devices


    Different operating system will be able to utilize different features. For more information on what is supported, please refer to this blog post: RemoteFX Features for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 - Blog


    This tutorial will show how you how to turn on or off enhanced session mode in a Hyper-V client in Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

    Tip   Tip
    Remote desktop services within the Hyper-v guest will need to be turned on, also a member of Remote Desktop User group.

    How to enable Remote Desktop Services:

    1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type services.msc , and click/tap on OK.
    NOTE: This is done within the virtual machine you wish to connect to.

    2. Make sure in your virtual machine Remote Desktop Services is set to Running

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    Here's How:


    1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type virtmgmt.msc, and click/tap on OK.

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    2. In the left pane, right click or press and hold on your Hyper-V Server (ex: HarryLowt2), and click/tap on Hyper-V settings.

    NOTE: Alternatively, you could also click/tap on Hyper-V settings under Actions in the far right pane.

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    3. Click/tap on Enhanced Session Mode policy in the left pane under Server, and then make sure Allow Enhanced Session Mode is Ticked

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    4. Click/tap on Enhanced Session Mode in the left pane under user, and then make sure Use Enhanced Session Mode is Ticked

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    5. Right click/hold on one of your Virtual machines under the Virtual Machine pane, and then click/tap on Connect.

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    6. This will now bring up your virtual machines connection window, to set the local resources we want available to the virtual machine click/tap Show Options.

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    7. Click/tap on the tab Local Resources, then under the section group box Local devices and resources we will choose what can be seen inside the virtual machine, and click/tap on More.

    Note   Note
    In this example I am going to show how choose an External Hard Drive attached to my host that I want the remote session to us.

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    8. Locate the local device and resource you want, click/tap the relevant box, (Example: My Passport(E: ), and click/tap on OK.

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    9. Once you are happy with your selection, click/tap on Connect.

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    10. Inside my virtual machine, it can now access the external hard drive on my host machine(HARRYLOWT2).

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    Great tutorial, going to try this soon.

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    Thank you! hope it comes in helpful

    Cheers,
    Harry
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    Excellent tutorial. However, what happens when you do NOT get the Display/Local Resources dialog to show up? I followed everything here and simply cannot get this dialog to appear when I click Connect.

    I do see a menu item on the VM in the View menu called Enhanced Session, but it is grayed out.
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    Hello RoachSlayer, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Turn off the virtual machine to disconnect it, then see if you are able to uncheck it's Enhanced Session option.
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    Did that. well, I am trying to turn on enhanced session, not off. But I get no such options or abilities as described above. VM is off.

    Also I should point out, as mentioned originally, the Guest Services box is checked in the Integration Services settings (when VM is off) and still no dialogs appear when I then connect to the VM. And Enhanced Session Mode is checked in Hyper-V Settings for server and user as shown in this tutorial.
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    What OS do you have installed to the VM?
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    Windows 7 is in the VM, host is Win 8.1.
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    I'm afraid that only the following guest operating systems support enhanced session mode connections:

    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows 8.1

    Virtual Machine Connection - Enhanced Session Mode Overview
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    ok, thanks. wow, it simply just did not occur to me that MS Hyper-V can't support simple things like, well, Windows. I mean, I can use VM Ware or Parallels and get access to USB ports, for example, on the VM client, with Win 7, 8, Ubuntu, and on and on. Very disappointing.
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