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Re: Install windows server 2016 on a VM


The OEM license isn't intended to be used as a VM, due to the nature of how it activates. The supported way to get a Windows VM would be to purchase a standard license key to activate the VM. However, what you might try to see if it works for you is to add smbios.addHostVendor = “TRUE” to the VMX file for the VM. The VMX file is a configuration file and a text editor should be able to open it for you. Once that is done, boot back up into Windows and run 1) slmgr /upk 2) slmgr /ipk <product key> 3) slmgr /ato.

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