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Connect from ESX to serial port

Posted on 2009-07-14
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I am trying to connect to a device connected to the serial port of my ESX server.  The question is - what command that comes natively with ESX 4.0 server will let you communicate with the serial port?  I know the device name /dev/ttyS0.  Thanks.
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by:John Hurst
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Typically you would connect the serial port to a Virtual Machine and not to ESX. I just looked a a client setup and that is broadly how it works (same as VMware Workstation). Except the new physical server in question has not serial port, so I cannot test.

Have you tried editing the settings of your Virtual Machine and adding it there?

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ryder0707 earned 500 total points
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If your server has on board serial port such as Dell R710, you can emulate the serial port just by assigning a serial port in VM config
From there, the VM will treat it as a normal physical serial port, as you can see in my photo below, there is a serial cable connected to the esx host
If there is no onboard serial port, you can get a PCI based serial port but always check vmware HCL before buying anything




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Ok - thanks ryder.
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