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Share Hyper-v Win 8.1 Guest machine devices with Win 10 Pro Host machine

I have a Win 10 Pro Hyper-v Host machine with 1 Win 8.1 guest running under it. The Win 8.1 guest has an attached network HP DesignJet Plotter that is not supported(No Drivers) by Win 10, but is supported by Win 8.1. Can I share the guest Win 8.1 attached plotter with the Win 10 Host machine?? I setup the guest because the plotter is supported by Win 8.1.

The plotter has only a USB connection that is plugged into a Linksys Printserver attached to my network. I can get the plotter to work on the guest machine, but not sure if I can share it with the Win 10 host.

If I can share it, should it display as a redirected printer on the host machine, like the Host printers look on the guest machine?

Hope you can help on this one.

Thanx,
Jim Glover

PS:
I do not want to spend the money on a new plotter, since this one still works great.

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Without Windows 10 drivers, you're not going to be able to print to the plotter.

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Hi,

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Best Regards,
Joan

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Hi,

Thank you for your posting!

Based on your descriptions, I would like to firstly check what did you mean "Windows 10 not supported"? Can you tell more information about this? And how did you connect your virtual printer to your guest VM, did you connect them using the ip of the virtual printer via RDP this this:
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Secondly, if you connect your virtual printer to your guest VM using ip address via RDP, then I suppose your "not supported" may be related to VLAN issue, that is, your guest VM and virtual printer are in the same network while your Hyper-V host is not. There are two reasons for this situation:
1) You set up private network between virtual printer and your VM, to deal with this issue, just change your network adapter to "internal".
2) You click "Enable virtual VLAN identification" in your VM settings on your Hyper-V Manager, just unclick it.
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Thirdly, if your issue is not matched with what I mentioned in 2), then can you give me more information when you tried to share your virtual printer to your host? Any error codes or messages popping up will be helpful.

Thank you for your support!

Best regards
Joan


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