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two xen desktop sessoins need com port access

Posted on 2011-03-15
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I have two workstations that currently have applications that run locally.  One set of these applications  communicates with each other via a serial cable that connects the two workstations.  The applications were hard coded with the com port settings in them.
I'm trying to convert these workstations to thin clients using xen desktop, but the serial cable connection is getting in the way of it.  My ultimate goal is to get rid of the serial cable and some how virtualize it - whether using a serial-to-LAN adapter on the network or using some sort of com port mapping on the citrix server.  The tricky spot of course is that the apps still need to communicate to each other over that "serial cable" connection.

Any tips?
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Citrix should support com port mapping.
It may be in a Citrix policy to enable it.
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I know com port mapping exists, but will two separate sessions on the citrix server be able to communicate to each other over that com port?
The way that I understood citrix com port mapping worked was that the citrix session was able to use the physical com ports on the citrix server -- which wouldn't do any good in this situation since both the applications that need to listen to the com ports are running in sessions on the server already.

Not to mention the fact that the citrix server is virtualized ;)
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I would think they should be able to use the comport on the thin client.
Not the comp port on the server
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The thinclients I have don't have comports - it's an HP t5325
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maybe usb to comport adapters?
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An alternative solution was found.  The application that is hosting the communications is being moved to a physical server on the network. Then by using a serial-to-LAN adapter, I can create a virtual com port on the client pc that will allow communications from the client to the host pc.

Please close this thread as the situation was resolved.
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all previous solutions were based on adding hardware to the existing clients.  The resulting solution is based on making the host application into a server on the network, allowing client pc's to connect using a virtual com port available via a serial-to-LAN adapter.
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