I am new to the virtual game and would like to start a testing environment.
I am using VMware workstation for this and running into a bit of a problem...
We have backups in the Acronis .tib format. The backups are either XP, windows 7 or Server 2003 machines. Acronis has an option to convert the .tib into a .vmdk which i used.
The issue is that when I power on the newly created virtual(lets say the windows xp for example), the Windows XP login screen comes up, I login in and then the virtual fusses that the install needs to be re-licensed. I am not trying to skirt any licensing issues... primarily I just want to know that in case of physical server failure I could convert the latest .tib backup into vmdk(or vhd), start it up and limp along until broken server is fixed.
I have been reading about creating Model VMs that you run Sysprep on and then use for creating VMs in a vm environment.... do I need to somehow run Sysprep on my newly create .tip to V install?