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Sat, 06 Aug 2016

Putting a comma in a KVM/QEMU SMBios name

Not well documented in qemu-system(1), but if you want to have an SMBios name like: "VMware, Inc", then you need to set it as:

kvm -smbios type=1,manufacturer="VMware,, Inc.",product="VMware Virtual Platform",version="None",serial="VMware-77 bb aa bb cc dd ee ff-11 22 33 44 55 66 77 88"

This results in something like:

System Information
        Manufacturer: VMware, Inc.
        Product Name: VMware Virtual Platform
        Version: None
        Serial Number: VMware-stuff

in your dmidecode, which you may need if you are moving from VMware to another platform, and have things inside that care.