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[Xen-users] Physical H/W Port on Thin Client <-> Virtual Hardware under

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From: Grahame Kelly <grahame@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 18:56:46 +1000
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Hi All.

-- my first post on this esteem list -- :)

I have Xen-3.3 working very well on a four core Phenom-II system with 8GB with over 20 concurrent OS guests.

I am trying to set up a student LAB which will allow students to experiment with H/W via assigned virtual guests (physically distant for the virtual host).

The requirement is to have h/w (say a USB2 port) on thin client box A (elsewhere on the intranet) to seen as actual hardware on a virtual guest OS under Xen. Why? We want to use unmodified 3rd party applications running on Xen guests, by assigning thin client h/w ports [USB, Serial or Parallel] for example a AVR hardware debugger connected to USB2 on a thin client, assigned to a virtual port on the VM guest.

Is such a setup possible?

Is anyone on this list aware of any open source s/w that approaches such a concept?

If so, I would use it as a basis to develop further models of virtual h/w connection to physical port.

Any assistance will be most appreciated.
Thanks. Grahame
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