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How to clone 40 ESX windows 2003 regularly with vmware vcenter3.5

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I have a challenge for you:

We have a VM which is a manual convert from a live machine from a domain.

We have 4 ESX. For various reasons, we will need to clone this vm to 40 vm, that is 10 VM  per 4 ESX.

There is no real solution off the shelf for this problem. This is my scenario:
 When run for the for the first time, we need to create the vm machine account in AD

1.      Create customize a post script per machine. What to include in batch:
a.      Power on Cloned VM
b.      NewSID / Rename VM
c.      Change IP address
d.      Change Virtual LAN
e.      Join domain

2.      Reboot
a.      Tweaking VM
b.      Import a .reg ...
3.      Backup new vm
4.      Next day or a week later or whatever, the 40 VM are tired (clogged with .tmp .bak .ini, fragmented disk, RAM etc.
a.      Destroy 40 current VM
b.      Either revert to last valid Master to clone back the 40 vm (see A.)
c.      Or RollBack the vm backup
d.      Or any other valid
5.      And so on.
6.      WSUS on template
7.      Antivirus on template

What do you think?


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