VmWare guest OS licensing after conversion
Posted on 2009-07-09
I currently have 12 Dell physical servers running different flavours of Windows Server OSs that I wish to convert to virtual machines using VmWare vSphere 4.0 VmConvterter. The problem I have is because all of these physical servers were built using Dell's OEM operating system media. I can successfully convert my physical machines to VMs but once they boot up, Windows detects that the hardware has changed and therefore I am required to activate the license. I cannot do this is the license is OEM and already tied to the physical server.
I have logged this with both Microsoft and Dell and do not yet have a resolution. I also called VmWare (even though it is not really their issue) but they would not help until I have paid for the software. Catch 22 as I will not buy the software until I know I can convert all of my servers!
Microsoft told me I should run a Windows repair with our volume license disk on the VMs. I tried this with 2 converted servers, one of them blue screened and the other booted up but was missing some critical files so I do not have much confidence in this solution.
Dell have told me there is nothing I can do but I refuse to believe that other people have not run into the same issues and resolved them. Can anyone shed some light on this for me please as my whole plan to virtualise our servers to provide better redundancy, resiliency and easier restoration hinges on this. I cannot build up the VMs from scratch as it would cost us thousands to have our software vendors reinstall all of our critical applications.