Running a DOS archaic program on a Citrix XenApp 6.5 Server
Posted on 2013-01-16
Hello. I currently have a XenApp 6.5 server farm (which replaced Citrix Metaframe XP) consisting of 4 VM's (1 license server, 1 web server and 2 XenApp 6.5 Servers) that sit on XenServer 6.1. In moving my users over, I have run across a legacy application that is used to modify a file so that it will function on a piece of equipment that is running Windows 3.1 (Yes - it pains me to say that, but there is not way to upgrade this) and the program therefore is DOS based.
What is the recommended way to put this in my environment? I've been seeing suggestion of VMWare or DosBox, but since this is already a Citrix and virtualized environment, I am hesitant to add another layer.
Does it make sense to kick up another VM running XenApp, but an older version to be able to use this legacy app? Or is there a way to segregate it to run as a silo within XenApp?
Any suggestions are greatly welcomed as I really need to get the users off the Citrix Metaframe XP envrionment sometime in the near future.