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Building a Windows Virtual Machine with no license keys.

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Hi.

I want to build a Windows Virtual PC VM for Windows XP with SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio.

But I want to give this to a third party so they can play with the setup and not have to worry about the installation process and initial configuration for the projects we will be working on.

Obviously, I can't just give them my licensed software.

So, is there a way to build a VM and strip out all the licensing data and force them to enter their keys for the software that they have. I know they have the same software.

I know I could build the VM using their keys, but there are around 10 developers involved, each with their own licenses.

Basically, we've got our own versions, but we've agreed to use a single build platform, at least as a start point.

Regards,

Richard Quadling.
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With respect to Windows you could run "sysprep -mini". Configure sysprep.inf per your needes but do NOT fill your license key in the line ProductID=. Upon the bootup they will be enforced to enter the key. Just for a case I am including a general reference for sysprep: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457075.aspx

Unfortunately I don't know how to enforce license change for SQL and Visual Studio. Maybe you could just include the installation packages and have them install software / enter the keys by themselves.
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The idea is that I want them to have the same configuration for all the development. This includes post setup stuff.

As we play around and find that we need to make a change, open a clean VM, make the 1 change and test.

That's what we are working towards.

Currently everyone has slightly different paths and default settings and they are having "communication" problems.

Thanks for the sysprep info. Not used that before.

And I can use that for a VM setup?
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Yes, sysprep works for virtual machine the same way as for the real ones.
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