2.11. Configuring the BIOS DMI Information

The DMI data that Oracle VM VirtualBox provides to guests can be changed for a specific VM. Use the following commands to configure the DMI BIOS information. In case your VM is configured to use EFI firmware you need to replace pcbios by efi in the keys.

  • DMI BIOS information (type 0)

    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSVendor"        "BIOS Vendor"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSVersion"       "BIOS Version"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSReleaseDate"   "BIOS Release Date"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSReleaseMajor"  1
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSReleaseMinor"  2
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSFirmwareMajor" 3
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSFirmwareMinor" 4
  • DMI system information (type 1)

    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemVendor"      "System Vendor"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemProduct"     "System Product"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemVersion"     "System Version"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemSerial"      "System Serial"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemSKU"         "System SKU"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemFamily"      "System Family"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemUuid"
           "9852bf98-b83c-49db-a8de-182c42c7226b"
  • DMI board information (type 2)

    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardVendor"       "Board Vendor"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardProduct"      "Board Product"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardVersion"      "Board Version"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardSerial"       "Board Serial"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardAssetTag"     "Board Tag"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardLocInChass"   "Board Location"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardBoardType"    10
  • DMI system enclosure or chassis (type 3)

    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiChassisVendor"     "Chassis Vendor"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiChassisType"       3
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiChassisVersion"    "Chassis Version"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiChassisSerial"     "Chassis Serial"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiChassisAssetTag"   "Chassis Tag"
  • DMI processor information (type 4)

    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiProcManufacturer"  "GenuineIntel"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiProcVersion"       "Pentium(R) III"
  • DMI OEM strings (type 11)

    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiOEMVBoxVer"        "vboxVer_1.2.3"
    VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
          "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiOEMVBoxRev"        "vboxRev_12345"

If a DMI string is not set, the default value of Oracle VM VirtualBox is used. To set an empty string use "<EMPTY>".

Note that in the above list, all quoted parameters (DmiBIOSVendor, DmiBIOSVersion but not DmiBIOSReleaseMajor) are expected to be strings. If such a string is a valid number, the parameter is treated as number and the VM will most probably refuse to start with an VERR_CFGM_NOT_STRING error. In that case, use "string:<value>". For example:

VBoxManage setextradata "VM name"
      "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemSerial"      "string:1234"

Changing this information can be necessary to provide the DMI information of the host to the guest to prevent Windows from asking for a new product key. On Linux hosts, the DMI BIOS information can be obtained with the following command:

dmidecode -t0

The DMI system information can be obtained as follows:

dmidecode -t1