In development and testing environments that use retail editions, take advantage of the grace period. These days, Windows just complains at you in a few minor, cosmetic ways. The trick is that you need to make sure that the virtual hardware does not change when you move the virtual machine. Invalid Host The virtualization server is unresponsive. A product key is supposed to be 25 characters separated by a hyphen in five groups of five right? You cannot use that licence to run Windows on a different machine including a vm. By the way, remember to activate the second copy, this will then transfer it over, just go to system, then to windows activation.
Reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server. Belarc Advisor is a system management tool, a personal auditor, so to speak, not just a key finder. If a second product key is required, you can get that through the Microsoft representative when you call Microsoft Support to activate the operating system now residing in the virtual machine. The only thing that could change this is a Windows 10 update, but Microsoft has become increasingly lenient since Windows 7. Can you store multiple valid activation keys in the same firmware? Here it was, running the Windows Technical Preview, before adding anything except the graphics card. Not sure it is necessary to use Macrium on a vmware session, as you can just copy the whole vmx file. It might be simpler with tabular data.
They are free because included in your Datacenter license. So you'll need another key for the virtualized instance of Windows 7. Yes: Using any of the most common imaging programs if you create an image of a vm with an activated Windows, it will be activated when restored. That is the only edition that allows you to automatically activate guest virtual machines. In this case, will a free upgrade not work? The automated assistant had me to read the numbers across the activation window, and I keyed in each group at a time, when requested. Microsoft licensing is already such mysterious matter to most people so I think it deserves some clearer wording from non-microsoft people, otherwise you're just contributing to all this confusion. I forgot to mention, in post 23 in the thread I linked above, wizardfromoz found that he has a product key and a license number.
You can also use normal system imaging tools to create a system image of your vm, reinstall Windows and your virtualization software, create a new vm making it boot from the boot disk of your chosen imaging software and restore the image. Do I need to buy another license for that?? Do you know what I am getting at? I'm just stating part of the capabilities of the software, and it has worked for me. What else can I try? If you want to , give you a try to follow the steps below. Hyper-V virtual machines use a mix of emulated virtual devices and physical devices on host, therefore a small chance exists that when exporting to different host hardware some drivers need to be updated. If you're using it for gaming, these are going to preform much better on a physical machine, and you won't have to deal with activation issues. Why can't I keep using my old license, once the old computer in broken?? If you don't need them for too long, or don't mind re-installing every once in a while, just use a trial version and don't activate it. I can see no reason why this should not work, and so long as you only have one copy, it would be legal as well? That key and license cannot be moved.
How many Virtual Servers do you have? Reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server. Otherwise, you may get into an error during activation. First, a quick bit on how virtual machine software works in case you're new to this. You should comply with all domestic and international laws that apply to such protected content. In Hyper-V I have changed the controller to which my vhd was attached and I now it asks for a new activation. Microsoft licensing is already such mysterious matter to most people so I think it deserves some clearer wording from non-microsoft people, otherwise you're just contributing to all this confusion.
Unless Virtual Server will change into unlicensed state. I backup a particular base install using Acronis, and when I restore it for a project, I run OutOfBoxExperience and this allows me a fresh grace period You can reset the clock three times, so be careful to only backup once or twice to be able to restore and reset this period. You should comply with all domestic and international laws that apply to such protected content. This data is stored and available on the virtualization host server. Back to that discussion I had with wizardfromoz, can anyone here tell me the difference between the product key and license number? It does not convey any guest virtualization rights that are not legally granted through a legitimate licensing purchase.
I have been running xp from the beginning. Is this a lab or live? It will be running on the same bare metal hardware. When prompted for a license key, you simply give it the key that matches the operating system of the virtual machine. It's the same if 8. When doing a free upgrade you don't even get a Windows 10 serial number - your activation is simply linked to the machine's identity that you are upgrading.
My idea was to retire the old machine and use the same license on Vm but…. Two screenshots to explain the above. It is possible to move virtual machines around between different physical computers running Hyper-V without needing to run activation inside Windows. I have a dell M4400 laptop that came with window 7, downgradeable to xp. In other words you need to buy a Windows 10 license for the vm. No need to try to activate your host with, it does not work. When used in a virtualized environment, content protected by digital rights management technology, BitLocker or any full volume disk drive encryption technology may not be as secure as protected content not in a virtualized environment.
First the latest Build 14251 on a Hyper-V virtual machine, clean installed. Cat I basically want your interpretation of what wizardfromoz is suggesting to me in this thread, although I am probably not going to follow his suggestion anyway. You may be asked to enter a product key later in the process, too—if you are, just look for a similar small link to skip that screen. What you do with the software is your business. Automatic Virtual Machine Activation requires a Hyper-v host server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and it must be activated.