Moving Windows 8 VM



  • I have a windows 8 VM that I'd like to move from VMware workstation 12.5 pro on a windows desktop to vmware workstation 12 .5 pro on an Ubuntu desktop.

    Are there any possible licensing issues here? I'm know it was purchased for that user originally. Can it be moved as long as it is removed from the other systrm.?



  • @irj said in Moving Windows 8 VM:

    I have a windows 8 VM that I'd like to move from VMware workstation 12.5 pro on a windows desktop to vmware workstation 12 .5 pro on an Ubuntu desktop.

    Are there any possible licensing issues here? I'm know it was purchased for that user originally. Can it be moved as long as it is removed from the other systrm.?

    Windows client OS is hardware bound and can't be moved.

    Secondly, it can't be virtualized unless it's the only Windows client OS on the device, and can't be used to provide services.



  • @irj

    The VM can be moved, I wonder if you should sysprep it or not ? I dont think you need that if you will give the VM identical emulated drivers.

    Regarding licensing, there are channels for windows licensing (OEM, Retail and Volume Licenses), only OEM channel gets tied to the hardware motherboard, for example ACER laptops with Windows license pre-install, if your Windows 8 is Retail (bought it from online store), and you have license key , you can use it and it will work.

    Last I checked (which was a bit ago), you could just use the key (Retail) on the new computer and it would deactivate on the old one.


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    @emad-r said in Moving Windows 8 VM:

    @irj

    The VM can be moved, I wonder if you should sysprep it or not ? I dont think you need that if you will give the VM identical emulated drivers.

    Regarding licensing, there are channels for windows licensing (OEM, Retail and Volume Licenses), only OEM channel gets tied to the hardware motherboard, for example ACER laptops with Windows license pre-install, if your Windows 8 is Retail (bought it from online store), and you have license key , you can use it and it will work.

    Last I checked (which was a bit ago), you could just use the key (Retail) on the new computer and it would deactivate on the old one.

    VL is upgrade only, not a channel for the OS itself. OEM and Retail Box are the only sources of the base license.

    So this would only be an option if this is retail box or going back on the same hardware as before.