My company is considering using Windows Server 2008 R2 as a platform for a couple VM's. We already have R2 installed on a physical server, so I download the 180 day trial version. When I tried to install the ISO image on my VMWare Player it asks for a Windows License key . My question is; is there somewhere I can get this code? Or did I download the wrong version of 2008 R2? Or is there something I need to do pre-install to keep VMWare from asking for the license key. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
You are most likely using VMware Player's "Easy Install" feature, which asks for the settings and key to run an unattended installation!? To install the OS interactively, select "I will install the OS later" when you create the VM, rather than selecting the installation ISO/DVD.