VMWARE and 8bit ISA devices
Posted on 2010-11-23
I'm 99.99% certain that I already know the answer to this question but I would like to hear what this community thinks.
We are currently working on a project for a customer that would like to virtualize a Windows NT instance that has been running on old, failing hardware. The customer currently uses a DOS-based application which utilizes a 8-bit ISA card for PLC communication. They want to avoid having to rewrite the code which was specifically written with this ISA card in mind.
While I know you can still get ATX motherboards that have ISA slots in them, The question I have is does VMWARE have any support for 8-bit ISA cards and would VMWARE recognize any ISA devices as a device that I can pass through directly to the Guest OS?
I can get a variety of different PCI to ISA "adapters" but they require rewriting some initialization code in order for them to work. This is what we want to avoid\ having to do.