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ROK Licensing on VMware

Hi

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.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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.
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bikerhongAuthor Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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.
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bikerhongAuthor Commented:
So the "SMBIOS.reflecthost=TRUE” is configuration is considered a hack, and not supported by VMware?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

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