I recently had to do a P2V migration on an old Server 2003 box. This was a crappy legacy system that gets little to no use, and isn’t worth replacing or upgrading, but was sucking up rackspace. Virtualization seemed ideal.

Initially everything appeared to go well. I used vCenter Converter and it worked its magic. I had a new virtual machine in our vCenter Inventory. I powered it on, everything was looking good. Until I tried to login:

The system required re-activation. However, the new virtual network adapter didn’t have a static IP assigned yet (and there’s no DHCP on this vLAN). With no network connectivity, the VM was stuck. Luckily I was able to re-arm the system.

  1. Restart the environment.
  2. F8: Boot into safe mode (without network connectivity).
  3. Run:  rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk
  4. Wait about 5 seconds, you won’t see any notifications.
  5. Reboot.

That’s it! You should have an additional 30 days to activate. This is plenty of time to login and configure a network adapter.


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