ROK Licensing on VMware

Posted on 2012-08-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-21

I am trying to find some documentation on the official stance for installing ROK software onto VMware.

Searches show that it can be done by adding in the reflecthost=true parameter, and I even found a HP Document stating this.

However I want something that is 100% supported and legit from both sides of the fence (HP and VMware). Not just a widely accepted workaround.

Appreciate any links etc.
Question by:bikerhong
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    OEM software it's designed for use with the hardware it's supplied with.

    We have clients that have tried ROK licenses, and these do not function on VMware ESXi.

    Author Comment

    But I have seen reports that it does work?

    Is it a case of "it might work, it might not"?

    I'm pretty sure I have used HP ROK on HP Servers running ESXi before, but I cannot be 100% sure.

    It's just with this client everything has to be 110% fully supported and legit.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    It works if you Hack ESXi, and I'm not allowed to discuss that on EE!

    The issue is ROK is locked to a HP BIOS, which does not exist in the VM.

    Author Comment

    So the "SMBIOS.reflecthost=TRUE” is configuration is considered a hack, and not supported by VMware?
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    that's not the hack I'm referring to, that is a VMX change.

    if you have a HP server certified for use with VMware ESXi on the HCL you will be fine, otherwise cannot discuss it.

    BUT also remember that OEM software supplied with HP hardware is not designed for virtual servers.

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