Creating OEM Windows 2008 for VM

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  1. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    Hi,

    I use Windows 2008 on VM for training purpose. I use Dell PC's and Laptops. If I change the image from one machine to another I have to reactivate Windows 2008. When it comes to few machines, I run out of activation keys. I would like to keep one image which works on all machines without activating

    What I would like to know is there anyone in a similar situation has better solution for activation process

    Is it possible create an OEM Windows 2008 iso using a Dell OEM XP/Vista/Win7?

    Appreciate any assistance
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    KMS/MAK activation is the only option I can think of if you do move the image between different machines

    sebus
     
  3. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    I guess I will have to create an OEM iso image of OS and then use with SLIC ROM.

    Is there a guide to create and OEM iso image of Windows 2008 somewhere on the forum?
     
  4. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    You did NOT specify what engine will run this VM
    If you do then it is easier to give you proper solution

    2008? Why not R2?

    sebus
     
  5. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    Hi there,

    OK, I'm using VM Workstation 7.1 on Dell Laptops D630/830(XP x32)/E6510(W7 x64)


    At the moment, I should use Windows 2008 Ent and this has become compulsory . I will use R2 later but I don't know when

    Let me know if know any more info

    Thanks in advance
     
  6. tommy_vercetti

    tommy_vercetti MDL Member

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    It is very much possible to make a OEM disc, provided you find out with SLIC it is using, like Dell, HP, there are guides in this very forum itself, let me know if you need further assistance and I will be willing to help you out.
     
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  7. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    Since I'm very new to this subject please bear with me

    I have 2.0 on D830 and 2.1 on E6510

    OK, I got a question; Why do we need SLIC of host machine if the OS will be installed on VM, bear with me as I'm new to this stuff

    Thanks
     
  8. urie

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    #8 urie, Sep 20, 2010
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    You don't need SLIC on host machine but you do need SLIC on VM you can use VMware Workstation (Multi-Brand) Bios Installer to add SLIC 2.1 to VM Workstation 7.1 also if you do need SLIC 2.1 on the DELL Latitude D830 the pheonix bios modding tool on the forums can do it.
     
  9. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    I tried the Multi-Brand BIOS installer. I don't want start-up screen to change. I don't want anyone to notice that something has changed

    Let me put it this way; I just want to create a VM image of Windows 2008 on any of D630/830/E6510 and then move it around any of those models without activating

    So, what I need is a easy steps to create an OEM disc so that I can use DELL SLIC ROM in the vm

    Hope you guys can help me with his
     
  10. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Why do you insists on a DVD?

    You want to create your VM & simply add to its folder VM.314.DELL.SLIC.21.IMAGE.ROM & add in .vmx file a single line:

    bios440.filename = "E:\Vmware\VM.314.DELL.SLIC.21.IMAGE.ROM"

    Then you kep moving the whole folder, nice & easy

    Of you mean, you do not want to see BIOS with Dell SLIC 2.1?
    Then do yourself BIOS mod (with Andy Phoenix tool)

    sebus
     
  11. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    Hi Sebus,

    You are correct. That is the way I'm using XP/Vista and Win7. That works perfect. That is because I use Dell OEM CD/DVD to create the first image. This is exactly what I want with Windows 2008 too.

    Reason why I'm asking is to create a Windows 2008 DVD is that I do not posses Dell OEM Windows 2008 DVD. I'm using MSDN Windows 2008 DVD ISO files.

    My question, if I use Dell SLIC 2.1 in the vmx file as in XP/Vista/Win7 and create an image with MSDN Win2008, will it be activated or activated as Dell OEM?

    Thanks
     
  12. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    And what do you need the OEM DVD for?

    Just install the MSDN version in VM, apply OEM SLP key + certificate, point the vmx to the SLIC-ed BIOS & you are done, what is so difficult?

    But if you insist on creating OEm DVD then read the stickies in Windows 7 section

    sebus
     
  13. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    Sebus, Thanks

    OK, I'm getting there I guess

    How to do "apply OEM SLP key + certificate"? Where do I get OEM SLP key + certificate?

    This is what I'm missing. If I get this thing right then my problem is solved.

    And I don't think I need an OEM Disk
     
  14. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    Uhm... if it is not to much trouble you could try searching
     
  15. tommy_vercetti

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    Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms.
     
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  16. urie

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    FreeStyler was just giving link to search page, he wasn't doing the searching for him.
     
  17. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    Hello there,

    I'm sorry if I was misunderstood here

    I did search and that's how I got my XP/Vista/Win7 images activated; thanks to all efforts by all of you

    Now, I don't ask anything without searching; my problem is I need bit of a push

    Please, which files should I download and where to put them. That will be be very good enough

    I searched, searched and searched.. But, don't know way forward

    I guess, my problem is, I don't understand the process

    I'm sorry guys if I've asked a lot
     
  18. urie

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  19. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    Very big thank for all of you helped me..

    Finally managed...

    Now I have an image which I could move around without activating
     
  20. latidell

    latidell MDL Novice

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    What I did,

    I downloaded Dell Ultimate OEM file

    I copied oem.xrm-ms to c:\

    Typed slmgr.vbs -upk
    Typed slmgr.vbs -ilc c:\oem.xrm-ms
    Typed slmgr.vbs -ipk 26Y2H-YTJY6-CYD4F-XXXX-XXXX

    Edited the vmx file and copied SLIC2.1.rom file VM folder

    Now I have an activated image