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Our uncle let us fix their HR System (Human Resource System), and we gathered these problems: (The problems to be presented must be only fixed by automation(computer program))

  1. They have a very old hardware (since 1999) for the system, the Server is running Windows NT 4.0 Server and to be able to access it they have a client, Windows NT running in a virtual machine, with HOST OS of windows 98 (since 1999).

  2. They have a very old printer (since 1999) attached to the client computer. The model/brand is Kyo Cera. The printer has a parallel connector.

Our real problems are:

1.1 Does Windows NT 4.0 compatible to newer computer builds, so we can just install the OS in there?

1.2 If not, what causes it? Is there a limitation for the OS to be installed?

1.3 Is the printer compatible to newer computer builds together with the client OS?

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1.4 For illustration purposes of our propose solution: We may assume that:

we now bought:

-new computer with windows 7 OS

-new printer(usb) .

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Is it possible to have/ run properly and smoothly a Windows NT 4.0(client) in a virtual machine like "Virtual Box" with a HOST OS of windows 7?

1.4.1 Can the virtual OS access the windows NT 4.0 Server and read/write data to it?

Can the virtual OS access the new printer and be able to print? .

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*we can't find many information regarding this topic many don't exist/deleted.

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    Hyper-V does not support Windows NT as a guest OS, and ServerFault does not support homework and research questions.
    – DanBig
    Sep 20 '13 at 17:01
  • thanks and sorry for inconvenience, can you elaborate your answer regarding the hyper v? Sep 20 '13 at 17:15
  • If your uncle is also your professor, he should ask for more funds from the department for the infrastructure
    – mfinni
    Sep 20 '13 at 17:24
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This isn't going to work. No modern hardware or hypervisors support NT4. This is a driver/HAL issue and there is no easy way around it. This is why people in your position hoard old junk hardware like the precious.

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We currently run NT4 on VMware vSphere 5.1 - although Build 799733 no longer supports NT4. However, this is not recommended. Do yourself, and your uncle a favor - update the hardware. Contact the software vendor and get an updated version of their software as well. From personal experience, it's not worth the headache you're about to endure.

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