800xA for Harmony v5.1 RevA FP1 Support on VMWare Workstation Pro 16.0.0
I have an 800xA for Harmony System (v5.1 RevA FP1) working perfectly on physical machines (both servers and clients). Now I want to change my servers and clients in a virtualized environment. For testing purposes, I have prepared one 800xA Harmony Server and one Client on VMWare Workstation Pro 16.0.0. I have created my Virtual Machines using Acronis Backup of actual working 800xA servers and workstations that are in operation.
I have checked my server VM configuration, everything seems fine, there is no error in its services. I have installed required 800xA Licenses as well. I have connected my virtualized server system to a newly installed IET800 (existing redundant 800xA Hardware Servers are working properly in parallel via separate IET800 modules), but I can not get any tag data on HMIs. Can someone please help me identifying the problem here. I have suspicion on two issues currently, either VMWare Workstation is not supported with ABB 800xA or my Windows is currently unlicensed.
I intend to use VMWare ESXi and Licensed Windows as a permanent solution in future, but right now I need a proof of concept on VMWare Workstation with Unlicensed Windows. So that I can go ahead with required purchasing and licenses.