have a vmware running on one host. this host doesn't have a parallel port. to run a software within the vmware i need to plug a dongle into the
parallel port. in vmware i can specify a device, file or socket as the parallel port.

on another host i have an parallel port where i can plug the dongle in. Is there a way how i can make use of the dongle in the vmware transferring the parallel port communication over tcp/ip?

i thought about something like netcat:
netcat -l 12345 < /dev/lp0 > /dev/lp0
at the host where the parallel port is but i get a device or resource busy error
on the vmware host i can do this with a socket, it works there?

anybody has a working solution or hint to try?

kind regards