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With FlexiHub, you can make your host’s COM port accessible via the TCP/IP protocol so that any VM running on Hyper-V can be connected to that COM port in a couple of clicks.
The software works by using the network to establish a virtual connection to map serial ports (or passthrough USB devices) to Hyper-V guest virtual machines. There are no complicated configuration procedures involved: you can implement Hyper-V COM port redirection with just a few simple steps.
To connect the guest COM ports to “named pipes”, the serial interface must be set up from within the Hyper-V session.
With PipeDream running on your host computer, you can connect a Hyper-V host serial port to a virtual machine. PipeDream acts as a bridge that communicates serial data between a physical COM port and a virtual one on the VM.
You won’t need to install any client-side components or device drivers on your virtual machine, so this method can be used if you still rely on a dated OS (e.g. Windows XP) or some legacy apps.
PipeDream uses Hyper-V's named pipe support for communication, so the network connection is not required. Once you set the pipe name in Hyper-V, a COM port will be instantly accessible from the guest VM through PipeDream.
Another handy project for Microsoft Hyper-V serial port passthrough was created by Albert-Jan Nijburg. Put simply, it can get data from the Hyper-V serial port named pipe and pass it through to some other COM port you choose for that purpose.
It has not been much tested and the project has not been updated for several years, but here you can find a tutorial by Mat Smith that will guide you through PipeToCom:
This detailed guide should have provided you with the knowledge required to add Hyper-V serial port connectivity to your virtual sessions. Once these connections have been established, your virtual machine will enjoy the same functionality as if it had a direct connection to the peripheral serial device.