Serial port VMware passthrough
Serial devices connected to the host machine will be recognized by the VMware serial port. VMware serial ports created through the software provide the same level of functionality as the system would achieve with a direct physical connection to the device. Your VMware sessions can access remote serial ports in their virtual machines. Sharing devices across your network is supported and increases the utility of all of your organization’s serially-based equipment.
It is possible to add 4 serial ports to a virtual machine. A virtual serial port can output data to files, named pipes, and physical serial ports. A VMware serial port can be added to a virtual machine in order to create devices such as modems etc. that are made available to the virtual machine itself. The VMware serial ports can also be used to transmit debugging data from the virtual machine to another virtual machine or a host system.
To enable COM port redirection in a virtual machine, begin with:
- Powering off the virtual machine.
- Choosing the virtual machine and opting for VM>Settings.
- Then, on the "Hardware" tab, click on "Add."
- Next, select the "Add Hardware" wizard and opt for "Serial Port".
- Finally, click on “Finish” to add the VMware Serial Port to the virtual machine.
- Choose where the virtual serial port sends the output.
- You can also use a physical parallel port. For this, transmit the output to the host system's physical serial port.
- To use the output file, send the output to any file in the host system. You can use an existing output file or create a new one by going to the directory and typing a file name.
- To output to the named pipe, establish a connection between two virtual machines or a connection between a host system application and a virtual machine.
- Configure the named pipe if you have selected the output to the named pipe.
(For Windows Host) Make use of the default pipe name or enter another pipe name. Make sure the pipe name starts with \\.\pipe\. Ensure that it is the same on both the client and the server.
(For Linux Host) Type a UNIX socket name in the next text box. This could be something like /tmp/socket. As stated above, the name must be identical on the client and server.
To transmit debugging information to a host system application, choose “This End is the Server” on the initial drop-down menu and “The Other End is the Application” on the next drop-down menu.
To transmit debugging information to a virtual machine, choose “This End is the Server” on the initial drop-down menu and “The Other End is the Application” on the next drop-down menu.
Finally, to connect the virtual machine and the port, choose “Connect at Power On”. The connection with the virtual machine will be activated once the machine is on.
When a connection is established between two virtual machines, the first often functions as the server.
Repeat the process for the second virtual machine. However, make sure it is set up as the client by choosing "This End is the Client." Do this when you are configuring the named pipe.