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“Failed bios lock” when installing HPE Reseller Option Kit (ROK) 2019 – 2022 Server

Installing the HPE Re-seller Option Kit (ROK) Windows 2019 or 2022 Standard and Datacenter server software onto VMware virtual machine you should received “Failed BIOS Lock” error which means the HPE branded OS software needs HPE hardware to run.

To solve it, shout down virtual machine and :

  • Enter the Edit Settings of the VM
  • VM Options, Advanced, Edit Configuration, Add Configuration Params then type:
  • Name field: smbios.addHostVendor
  • Value field: TRUE