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  • Hello

    I'm struggling with building a Virtual PC Windows 7 sequencer machine.  Meaning, I have it all working but after 30+ days go by my Windows 7 vpc gives me licensing key expiration warnings.  The license key is a valid key.  Anyway to turn off the "phone home" check or some other way around it.  The sequencer machine is completely isolated, not on the domain.  What are others out there doing for this setup?


    d
    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:04 PM

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  • Can you not connect the machine to the Internet and activate it before taking a snapshot?

    You can rearm the machine up to three times for a total of 240 days before requiring activation (this wil require rolling back to the original snapshot each time).

    I have an article here on managing product keys if you have a TechNet or MSDN subscription: http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/general/managing-product-activation-with-a-technet-subscription-and-msdn-too/

    Alternatively don't add a product key at all or attempt activation at all. Just even though the machine will be out of the grace period and will prompt for activation at each boot, you will still be able to create successful sequences.

    This is what I do - I have an unattended installation that I can use to reinstall Windows in the virtual machine whenever required. I don't deal with product keys or activation, just reinstall.

    Take a look at this tool to help you build an unattended ISO: http://www.rt7lite.com/

     

    Off topic: Consider alternatives to Virtual PC. Take a look at VirtualBox instead which will give you more options.



    This forum post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.
    • Proposed as answer by znack Wednesday, August 31, 2011 4:05 PM
    • Marked as answer by Aaron.ParkerModerator Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:12 AM
    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:59 PM
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  • Hello,

    Usually the sequencers setup are part of the domain and utilize the KMS infrastructure available to activitate it.
    /Znack
    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:56 PM
  • Can you not connect the machine to the Internet and activate it before taking a snapshot?

    You can rearm the machine up to three times for a total of 240 days before requiring activation (this wil require rolling back to the original snapshot each time).

    I have an article here on managing product keys if you have a TechNet or MSDN subscription: http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/general/managing-product-activation-with-a-technet-subscription-and-msdn-too/

    Alternatively don't add a product key at all or attempt activation at all. Just even though the machine will be out of the grace period and will prompt for activation at each boot, you will still be able to create successful sequences.

    This is what I do - I have an unattended installation that I can use to reinstall Windows in the virtual machine whenever required. I don't deal with product keys or activation, just reinstall.

    Take a look at this tool to help you build an unattended ISO: http://www.rt7lite.com/

     

    Off topic: Consider alternatives to Virtual PC. Take a look at VirtualBox instead which will give you more options.



    This forum post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.
    • Proposed as answer by znack Wednesday, August 31, 2011 4:05 PM
    • Marked as answer by Aaron.ParkerModerator Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:12 AM
    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:59 PM
    Moderator