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SDE install on Virtual server 2012 R2, Possible?


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So we're in the process of getting the trial set up and we created a virtualized Windows Server 2012 R2. All pre-req's look like they installed correctly, but the SmartDeploy Enterprise install errors out saying that it needs to be on a physical computer.

Is a physical computer necessary or are there certain settings that need to be changed to be able to install the software on a virtual machine?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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Hello,

There is a requirement that SmartDeploy be installed to a physical machine. There are a number of reasons for this. The main reason is that the software is reliant on virtualization for creating the reference machine. This is generally done via a desktop virtualization product for simplicity, and virtualization inside virtualization doesn't work out that well. Additionally, the media wizard allows you to create USB and CD media, which when virtualized doesn't always work out.

However, if for some reason you must install SmartDeploy onto a virtual machine, you can open the .vmx of your virtual machine and add the following:

SMBIOS.reflectHost = True

Please note, installing SmartDeploy on a virtual machine is not supported

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