Copy Propietary CNC controller to Virtual machine

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One of the companies that I consult for has a CNC style machine that is run from a 1994 vintage PC. The computer is running fine, but I know the clock is ticking on this 15-year-old system. The OS and software are both proprietary (From what I can tell the OS is a modified version of MSDOS) and the company the built this system’s solution to any problems with this system is to offer a new controller at the price of about $50K. The HD in the system is 4G and I have been able to make an ISO file of the drive. This ISO file could be used to create another HD should the one in the computer die. Can this ISO file (or any other method) be used to transfer this entire system to a virtual machine running in XP? The interface with CNC machine is done via two serial ports (These ports can be changed in the CNC program)

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Not sure which virtualization product you plan on using but if you use VMware Workstation or Server you could probably import the old server by creating an image of it using one of the import formats that they support. Workstation has built-in Import capabilities and you can also use the free Converter product to import an image into a VM. Use one of the below products that are supported source formats to create an image of it and then try importing it.

Acronis True Image Echo 9.1 and 9.5, and Acronis True Image 10 (Home product)
(.tib)
Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (formerly LiveState Recovery) 6.5, 7.0, 8.0,
and 8.0, LiveState Recovery 3.0 and 6.0 (.sv2i, .v2i or .iv2i)
Norton Ghost version 9.0, 10.0, 11.0, 12.0, 13.0, and 14.0 (.gho)
StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop, Server, SBS, IT, and so on, all versions (.spf)

I’ve personally run some old operating systems (MS-DOS, Windows 3.1) on Workstation so it should probably run OK if you can import it.

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