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VMWARE and 8bit ISA devices

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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.

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I agree with you:

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/41168

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USB would be a different matter, but isa...
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Best approach would be to lookout for an industrial motherboard, that supports ISA and current CPUs.

Or you find something on ebay.

Then you could run your ISA card in physical mode.

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Thanks Tolomir. That is what I was thinking. Thanks for the help and for the quick response.
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