Cloned win10 pcs appear as one device on Central console
Greetings to the community!
I'm facing a - kind of unexpected - situation with Total Security: I have a Win10pro system which I cloned twice and installed in similar hardware, thus getting 3 identical pcs (without having to install them from scratch). The original has BD Total Security installed on it. After the cloning, I changed IPs and hostnames on the 2 clones. I expected they would appear as new devices on my Central console, after the renames. But... it didn't happen. I see only 1 device on Central, updated with the latest status that gets reported to Central from all 3 pcs. If I change something to the device settings on Central, the change propagates to all 3 pcs.
I thought it was due to the same Device IDs and Widnows key. So, I took the time to reinstall from scratch Win10pro on 1 pc and gave it a new IP and hostname. The Windows key is the same since it is hardcoded in its BIOS. Device ID and Product ID are new, also; they are not the same as the other 2 pcs.
When I installed BD Total Security on the newly formatted system, it recalled the "old" hostname on the Licensing page and appeared exactly as before the format. Notice that the actual hostname of the pc is something different. Only BD seems to "remember" it with the old name. On the devices page on Central there's only 1 device listed yet (with the old name). This means that BD could not tell that this is a different pc, regardless of the different IP, hostname, Device and Product IDs.
I can try to change (again) the Windows keys on 2 of the 3 pcs. Would that do any good? I don't wish to "try" it if its not gonna work, because I don't want to risk spending 2 of my windows keys.
If someone knows how BD defines devices, I would appreciate some advice. I need to make it understand that those 3 pcs are separate devices.