Kauzig
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Install windows server 2016 on a VM

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Hallo,

I want to install my windows server 2016 license on a VM.

This VM is running on my T330 server with which i bought the license .

After trying to install the OS, the system tells me that i only can install this license on the T330, i think it should be able to install it on the same system as a VM isn't it?

Wanna run the VM under VMware ESXi 6.5

best regards 

Kauzig

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RE: Install windows server 2016 on a VM

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Hi,

Try adding the line to your VM config smbios.addHostVendor = “TRUE”

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Josh Craig
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ks4ec
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RE: Install windows server 2016 on a VM

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I know this is an old post but I thought I would give it a try anyway.

I am having a problem similar to this, received a new dell server with VMWare 6.5 preinstalled on the SD cards.

Set up VMWare, installed 2 guests with the supplied server 2016 server OEM DVD, it is asking me for a product key when I try to activate them. This is a remote system at a customers location. Did I miss the product key on the box somewhere?  Where could I find it? or is my problem the same and I just need to add the line to the configs also?

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Eric9999
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RE: Install windows server 2016 on a VM

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Hello,

I know this is an old post, but I have the same problem. I add the specified line to my VM config file but no chance. I did not have any sticker on my server with product ID. (Windows server 2016 OEM)

Did find a solution ?

 

Thanks.

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Brian Truman
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RE: Install windows server 2016 on a VM

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Hey there, I'm in the same boat as you were. Did you find a solution? I did exactly like they said and added smbios.addHostVendor with a value of TRUE to the ESXI configuration parameters of the VM and got nothing. 

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Brian Truman
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RE: Install windows server 2016 on a VM

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I got this one figured out!

I ordered my server with Windows Server 2016 as a secondary OS, so I wasn't expecting it, but they stuck the product key label on the back of the unit. Since it was ordered as a secondary, I was expecting the product key to be on the sleeve of the disk. I also read that if it's a VM the installation media has a key that it uses, which added to the confusion - must have been for something else. 

There should be a little blue square that you have to scratch off in order to see the full key, but it's there. Then you just activate on Windows as expected - The Key was not embedded in the BIOS. 

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shahpar
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Re: Install windows server 2016 on a VM

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@Kauzig wrote:

Hallo,

I want to install my windows server 2016 license on a VM.

This VM is running on my T330 server with which i bought the license .

 

After trying to install the OS, the system tells me that i only can install this license on the T330, i think it should be able to install it on the same system as a VM isn't it?

Wanna run the VM under VMware ESXi 6.5

 

best regards 

Kauzig


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