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Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode ‘Show Options’ Issue #HyperV

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Hello folks,

I came across a weird issue where I was not able to copy files into the Virtual Machine with allowing enhanced session mode. if you are experiencing the same issue, then make sure to check my previous post here.

Today I came across another odd behavior where the ‘Show Options’ to configure device redirection is gone.

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The issue

If you recall the Enhanced Session Mode feature that was introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. Hyper-V can now redirect local resources to a virtual machine session through the Virtual Machine Connection tool. The enhanced session mode connection uses a Remote Desktop Connection session via the virtual machine bus (VMBus), so no network connection to the virtual machine is required!

In the below figure, you can experiment with the options when you try to connect to a Virtual Machine through Hyper-V Manager console with allowing enhanced session mode:


If you expand the “Show Options“, you can browse through various settings:


The following local resources can be redirected when using Virtual Machine Connection.

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


When I tried to connect from my Hyper-V host to all my virtual machines, I noticed that ‘Show Options’ is disappeared!



If you noticed the display is not very clear if you compare it with the above screenshots.

Actually, this host is HP Mobile Workstation and has a high-end NVIDIA Quadro graphic adapter.

I fired up the device manager and noticed that I forgot to install the display driver.


After I installed the appropriate display driver, then adjust the screen resolution, and finally restart my Hyper-V host…


The ‘Show Options’ is back again Open-mouthed smile




Hope this helps if you are experiencing the same behavior!

Until then… Enjoy your day!


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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has over 20 years of broad IT experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems with extensive practical knowledge of complex systems build, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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