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Hi Everyone,

We recently converted our Server 2008 R2 from Physical to Virtual and added it to our  VMware EXSI machine.

This server is use to run our hotel's PMS (Property Management System) which needs to connect to 4 serial interfaces (Voicemail, movie server, PBX, and Call accounting system located at the Hotel)

Since the Server will be offsite, we need to find a way to connect the serial interfaces to a devices and run the serial connection over IP to our Virtual Server.
The PMS can't communicate over IP, so we need a software than can simulate a physical serial port so we can point the PMS to those ports.

How do you guys deal with serial devices, if your server is in the cloud?
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VMware vSphere ESXi does not support serial ports.

see here

VMware KB: ESXi does not support physical serial and parallel ports

We have used USB over IP, and connected Serial Port devices to USB. These appear as virtual serial ports in the VM.

USB devices can be connected to the VMs.

HOW TO: Add and Connect a USB Device to a Virtual Machine, hosted on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX 4.1 ESXi 4.1, ESXi 5.0

we have also used Serial over TCP/IP devices, these also appear as virtual com ports in the VM.

network serial ports.
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The link says that esxi 5 support serial ports.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You can try, it's easier to use USB to serial port converters in the VM.
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