I am attempting to simulate a serial connection between two VMWare virtual machines running CentOS 6.3; both hosted on the same VMWare vSphere 5.1.0 host (linux based ).
Googling yielded these instructions and it seems that the named-pipe solution is what I want; but the given instructions didn't work for me: no pipe is created on the host, nor the guest VM, and no additional serial ports are available on the guest.
Further searches yielded these instructions for workstation, which give some indication about what valid answers for the named pipe name. When I attempt to enter a named pipe according to the instructions (using '/tmp/pipeName' as the pipe name) I get an error
Incompatible device backing for device '0'. Using a pipe name with no slashes does not produce the error, but still I get the original results -- the procedure "works" but no new pipes and/or serial ports are available on the guest.
When I add a serial port to a guest OS, how can I know what the port address/IRQ will be?
When I choose "Named Pipe", on what machine (host or guest) is that named pipe being created? How do I map the named pipe back to a serial port?