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Wrong OS in VMware vCenter

Posted on 2014-02-13
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Guys/gals.  Strange problem here.  I have 3 servers on this one host and the OS are reading all wacked out.  I put a screenshot up.  The first one is accurate but the second and third read as Windows 7 and Vista?!  It's a mystery.
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by:Abhilash
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Can you seletc this second and third VM, Go to Edit Settings>Options>Operating system and check if you have selected the right OS?
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Have you checked the options....Right Click VM, Edit Settings, and check what options have been set for the OS.

What are the OS, really?

It's purely cosmetic, and should not harm the functions of VMs.

e.g. it's not like it's 32bit or 64 bit, or states Linux

What are the OS supposed to read?

Windows 2012?

e.g. before we had Windows 2012 as a listed, we would use Windows 2008 R2 to install.

We run Mac OS X 10.7, and this does not match the actual version of Mac OS X 10.9 running in VMs.

If you have deployed from templates, also check templates are correct.
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by:TripapHoniC
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Yeah, it's selected incorrectly in the properties of the vm.  These were both P2V conversions so I assume when they were converted they were not properly selected. Would this affect anything during the conversion process?  Reason I ask is both of these VMs are experiencing strange behavior.  Locking up, disconnecting users, resetting the Windows activation.  Although the later hasn't happened lately.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 150 total points
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No, it will not affect, the P2V.....or running of the Windows VM.

Resetting Wndows Activation is NORMAL, especially if OEM!

see my EE Article

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

What should the OS be?
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by:TripapHoniC
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard & Server 2008 Standard
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It's not going to make any differencem that the OS does not match, but you may want to change for completeness, when you get a moment shutting down the VMs.
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Abhilash earned 350 total points
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When you set the guest operating system type for a new virtual machine, vCenter Server chooses configuration defaults based on the guest type. Changing the guest operating system type after the virtual machine is created does not retroactively change those settings. It affects the recommendations and setting ranges offered after the change.

So next time you have a downtime and the machine is powered off you can change it by following the below steps.

Procedure
1 In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
2 Click the Options tab and select General Options.
3 Select a guest operating system type and version.
4 Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.
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by:TripapHoniC
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Thanks Abhilash, already done it.  :)

Appreciate it guys.
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