How to Implement Microsoft Shared Faxing on a Hyper-V Virtual Windows Server 2008 R2 system
Posted on 2015-02-04
I am working on migrating the roles handled by a Windows Server 2003 box to a Hyper-V based Virtual Windows Server 2008 R2 system so I can shutdown the old Windows Server 2003 hardware. I am down to the fax server role. I have the need to keep this solution as a Microsoft Shared Fax solution rather than using some 3rd party faxing software. My old method involved a physical Fax Modem installed on the Windows Server 2003 physical unit. Since I am on virtual machine now, my sense is that I need a solution that is a network based solution. I only need to support a single fax line, perhaps a 2nd fax line down the road.
In searching around the Internet I am seeing that this should be possible, but finding detailed implementation procedures with suggested software and hardware has been difficult. Vendors we have been contacting are very tied to their 3rd party fax software, rather than Microsoft Shared Faxing, so have been less than helpful.
My sense is that I need a gateway of some sort that I can plug the analog phone line into, which then converts it to a network protocol, so the device would be tied to the network. Then some software on the virtual server that presents the media gateway device to the Microsoft Shared Faxing as a fax device. Dialogic has come up a few times in my searching but we've had a hard time getting a Dialogic rep that can give us the details we need.
One gateway that I've looked at that could be a consideration is a Multi-Tech MultiVOIP MVP210 or maybe MVP210-FX, but need some guidance here as well.
Please help me hammer a solution out.