New-VM with vhdx drives from Exported App server RRS feed

  • Question

  • I want to deploy the same VM build (App server with IIS, LOB app, database) repeatedly to multiple customer H-V hosts with each VM having a different BiosIDs so the OS (Server 2019) can be licensed/activated.

    Proposed solution:

    Export a "gold" build, create a New-VM with the same settings, then attach vhdx drives from the Export.

    As far as I know, this is the only way to get a different BiosID (sysprep wreaks havoc with the build).

    The LOB app in question licenses independently from the BiosID, but other utilities on the server may not.  Aside from that caveat, are there any pitfalls in cloning a VM like this?

    Monday, February 10, 2020 5:48 AM


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  • Hi,

    The only supported method to clone a Windows operating system is to use Sysprep.

    Best regards,

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    • Marked as answer by jott19 Monday, February 10, 2020 10:50 PM
    Monday, February 10, 2020 10:20 AM
  • "want to deploy the same VM build (App server with IIS, LOB app, database) repeatedly to multiple customer H-V hosts "

    Licensing is not a topic covered in this forum as it is a legal issue.  However, there are definitely licensing requirements around something like this.  You would most likely need some sort of agreement with Microsoft that allows you to distribute copies of the Windows operating system.  As the details of such a requirement are well beyond the scope of this forum, I suggest that you sit down with a trained Microsoft licensing specialist and work out all the answers that your lawyers and Microsoft lawyers can agree to.  The cost for doing this illegally are far from trivial.


    Monday, February 10, 2020 3:12 PM
  • Good answer.  So much for portability.
    Monday, February 10, 2020 10:50 PM
  • Portability is easy.  Do it all the time in a test environment.  While licensing a portable solution may appear difficult, it is not something that is insurmountable.  But, since I am not a licensing expert, my hunch is that getting that done is more of an issue that portability of a solution.


    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:57 PM