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Emulate a Sound Card in VMware ESX 3.5U4

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HI All,

I am in the process of virtualising a number of physical servers, including a small number of Citrix servers.

On these Citrix servers there is a client/server application which needs to "see" a sound card. I stress "see" as the application only needs to see the sound card in device manager to load correctly. The virtual machine will never play any sounds.

The application is WinScribe. I have searched to see if there is something like a loopback sound card driver for windows and I have also tried editing the VMX file manually to include a sounds card, but to no avail.

The only thing I have got to work is a USB sound card, connected to a USB to Ethernet device, but this is far from ideal and I can't deploy a system like this.

Anybody got any suggestions?

Thanks

Kevin
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Sound is not supported in the esx family
If you need sound for your VM you should create VM on vmware server/workstation
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Btw, the latest vSphere has VMDirectPath feature that allows VM to access hardware directly, perhaps it can work with specific sound card but your server must support IOMMU
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Hi ryder0707,

I know sound isn't supported in ESX. It's not really practical to have 5 or 6 Windows server instances running on VMware Workstation!

I suppose a different way to ask the question might be to forget about the fact that it is a virtual server - How might someone get Windows (running on physical or virtual hardware) to "see" a installed sound card?

Kevin
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OK as i mentioned before, perhaps VMDIrectPath will work for you but you need the latest esx version
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E2E Virtual Sound Card does the trick for me!
http://www.e2esoft.cn/vsc/
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Oh how cool is that, creating a virtual device in a virtual system :)
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