You can change the configuration of an existing serial port. You can configure the serial port to connect to a physical serial port on the host machine, to send output data to a file, or use it to create a named pipe.

1

In the Inventory panel, select the virtual machine.

2

Shut down the guest operating system and power off the virtual machine.

3

In the Hardware section of the Summary tab, select the serial port to modify and click Edit.

4

Select Connect at power on to connect to the serial port when the virtual machine is powered on.

5

Select the type of the serial port to use.

Option

Description

Physical

Allows you to use a host serial port.

File

Allows you to send data to a selected output file.

Named Pipe

Allows you to create a pipe.

a

Enter the path and file for the pipe.

b

In the Near End drop-down menu, select an option.

To start the far end of the connection first, select Is a client.

To start the end of the connection first, select Is a server.

c

In the Far End drop-down menu, select an option.

If the application that the virtual machine connects to is located on another virtual machine on the host, select Is a virtual machine.

If the application that the virtual machine connects to is running directly on the host, select Is an application.

6

Select the Yield CPU on poll check box to have the kernel in the target virtual machine use the virtual serial port in polled mode, not interrupt mode.

7

Click OK to save your changes.