vmware server 2.0.2

Hello,

One of the employee runs an engineering software that requires usb hasp key connected to the machine (aladdin hasp HL , and safenet).  The problem is the machine is really old and hardware is giving out.  I virtualized the machine and running the vm on vmware server 2.0.2.  The problem is when I connect the usb hasp key the vm os (windows xp) is not recognizing it. I tried to go under summary and add the usb but it is greyed out.  Is there  a way for the vm to see the two usb hasp key?
iamaidiotAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Server 2.0.2 was discontinued many years ago, and is now End of Life.

I would recommend, you upgrade and use VMware Workstation 11.0, which has USB support, or consider the FREE VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).
iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey Andrew,
Thanks for the quick respose. I have never used esxi.  From what I can tell I have to have a bare bone install esxi like is then login in through web to run vmware.  Also can I use VM that has been running on vmware server 2.0 on workstation or esxi.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Thanks for the quick respose. I have never used esxi.  From what I can tell I have to have a bare bone install esxi like is then login in through web to run vmware.

See my EE Articles


Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

Also can I use VM that has been running on vmware server 2.0 on workstation or esxi.

Yes, they can be converted using VMware Converter.

Part 13: HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

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iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
I will try the.esxi next week when I can get hold.of a.machine.  I already have a.VM created using converter 3.0 that I was running in vmware server can I just run that on workstation or will I need to convert it again using converter 5.5.  On the article it was talking about shrinking the.drives or creating p2v.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A P2V is the same as a V2V (when it's virtual), the process is the same!

You do not need to shrink the VM, just leave it as it is, the Article shows you an example of the entire process.

It's recommended to Convert your VM from Server 2.0.2 to ESXi 5.5.

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iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey Andrew,

thanks for the help. It worked great and i was able to use the usb dongle on vm.  I ended up getting workstation 11 since i didnt want to set up another exsi server.
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