Can I use serial ports and USB ports in VMware to monitor UPSes and IP cameras?
Posted on 2010-08-27
I have some UPS monitoring software that runs on a Win XP workstation and has a pair of serial port attached battery backups reporting to it. I have plenty of power on my VMware servers to host a small XP image if there is a way to map those ports directly to that image so the other VMs don't confuse them for input sources. Is it just a matter of configuring my device settings for the XP VM to use those serial ports and configuring the other VMs to ignore or not use those ports?
In a related question - we have some IP security cameras that are managed in a WinXP environment and have a USB dongle for licensing or security. Can I dedicate one of the server's USB ports to the XP VM for that in the same way?
My servers are Dells running full-blown ESX.