Fax modems that work with vmware

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Fax modems that work with vmware
A virtual machine on VMware Server can run a fax server. (fax contact image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

VMware Server is a software utility that allows users of a computer (the host) to create and manage virtual machines that run independent versions of other operating systems (the guests). Virtual machines include virtual devices, supplied by VMware server, but they will not detect, or be able to use, real devices installed inside the host. Therefore, even if the host has a fax-modem card, virtual machines will not see it. There are three main alternatives to make fax-modem hardware available to an application running on a virtual machine.


Many hosts include software-based Winmodems, for which no Linux driver exists. UbuntuFax is a pre-built virtual machine that can be downloaded from a VMware website. When VMware Server runs UbuntuFax, the virtual machine becomes a HylaFax-based fax server that allows you to use a Winmodem for faxing.

USB Fax-modem

Virtual machines cannot see hardware installed in the host, but they can see many forms of external hardware. An external fax-modem connected over a USB interface (such as the USRobotics USR5637) can be used directly by any fax-modem software running on the virtual machine.

Serial Fax-modem

This option is similar to the USB-based one, but it uses a modem connected to the host over a serial (EIA RS-232 or newer) port. The idea remains the same.

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