Hyper-V Guide: Enhanced Session Mode

Enhanced Session Mode is used to give a Hyper-V virtual machine access to some of the resources on the local computer, such as USB devices and printers, without a network connection between the host and the guest.

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  • Gives a virtual machine access to local computer resources through VMConnect;
  • As you are running VMConnect on the Hyper-V host a network connection to the virtual machine is not required;
  • Needs to be enabled on both the Hyper-V host and in User Settings;
  • The following resources can be shared:
    • Clipboards for copy and paste;
    • USB devices;
    • Drives;
    • Printers;
    • Supported plug and play devices;
    • Audio;
    • Smart cards;
    • Display configuration;


  • VMConnect needs to be run on Windows 8 or later, or Windows Server 2012 or later;
  • The guest operating system must have Remote Desktop Services enabled and be running Windows 8.1 or later, or Windows Server 2012 R2 or later;
  • Your virtual machine user account must be a member of the local Administrators group or Remote Desktop Users group;

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