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How to add a USB disk to a Windows 2012 Hyper-V VM

Windows Server 2012 R2

In this post I’ll show you how to mount a USB drive inside a Hyper-V virtual machine.

If you work in an environment where USB drives are allow to be used with servers this can be quite a handy way of getting access to external storage from within a vm. It’s a very useful way of seeding initial copies of backup data.

1. Attach the USB drive to the Hyper-V host server.

Disk Management2. Right click the USB disk (in our case Disk 1) and select Offline.

Disk Manager - Disk 1 - Offline

3. Disk 1 is now offline.

Disk Manager - Offline

4. Select the vm Settings of the vm that you want to Add the USB drive to and select the SCSI Controller, highlight Hard Drive and click Add.

VM Settings - SCSI - Add Hard Drive

5. Select Physical hard disk, using the pull down menu you should see the offiline disk on the host available to you, select it and click Apply, click OK.

VM Settings - SCSI - Add Hard Drive - Physical Hard Drive

6. Within the vm start Server Manager, select the Tools menu, and select Computer Management, expand Disk Management, and you should the USB disk is offline. Right click Disk 2, and select Online.

VM Disk Management - Online

7. You can now see the disk in File Explorer on the VM and can copy data to and from it.

USB disk mounted in VM on Hyper-V

To dismount the disk perform the following steps.

1. In the VM go to Disk Management, and select Disk 2 (in this example) and set to Offline.

2. In the Settings of the VM, expand SCSI Controller, and select the Hard Drive that you have used to mount the USB disk. Click Remove, Apply, OK.

3. Right Click the USB icon in the System Tray and select Eject.

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Server 2012: Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded

Internet Explorer 10

Ok, you’ve just installed Windows Server 2012, and now want to add a few non MS programs to it to make like a little easier so you open IE and browse to a website, click download and you get the error message “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded“.

IE 10 - Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloadedEven if you have turned off IE Enhanced Security Configuration, you may still need to enable downloads for the Internet Security Zone.

Click the cog in the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.

IE 10 - Internet Options

Select the Security tab, and click the Internet zone.

IE 10 Securiy tab




Click Custom level, and then scroll down to Downloads and select Enable.

IE 10 - Downloads

Click OK and Yes to confirm you want to make the change for the Internet Zone.

IE 10 Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded - confirmation

Click OK to close the Internet Options.

IE 10 - downloads enabled

Downloads are now enabled.

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