We have a server that hosts an old application that uses a serial dongle to license its product. We converted the physical server to a virtual server running in VMWare server running on Windows and everything is working fine. We now are looking to move on to ESX or ESXi for our virtual environment. We played around with ESXi and found that it does not support the serial dongle. We installed a trial of ESX and it works perfectly, however, it seems a bit pricey for our low level needs.
Anyway to get around this serial dongle? The company that makes the software is no longer in business and the software is very specialized and nothing on the market exists to replace it in it's entirety. That research has been ongoing but not pertinent for this discussion. Am I wrong about serial support in ESXi?