I've got a project that there's no budget for. Basically I need to get a null modem connection set up between our phone systems(physical servers running Win2K8 32b) and our new reporting system(virtual server running Win2K3) in another location. I figured I would use a hardware serial/ethernet adapter and connect it to the VM remotely. This however is expensive at ~80+ per phone system. I then started looking into virtual serial ports hoping that I could find a product that would create a virtual COM port on each server and then link them together. There seems to be a plethora of products that do that, though they cost even more money than the hardware route. I then looked to see if there's a virtual serial port that would act as a TCP connection server so that I could point the call collection system at a TCP port, but I've been less successful there.
Basically, has anyone got any suggestions? Or should I just ask my boss to pony up a few thousand for adapters/licenses?