I need to run multiple Windows XP OS's as Server 2008 Hyper V virtual operating systems. Is is possible to completely configure one Windows XP virtual OS and then copy this to other virtual OS's

I need to run multiple Windows XP OS's as Server 2008 Hyper V virtual operating systems. Is possible to completely configure one Windows XP virtual OS and then copy this virtual operating system to other Hyper V virtual OS's?

In other words, if I simply copy the files and folders from the one Windows XP virtual OS that was fully configured to another folder, can I then simply re-import this virtual OS into another Hyper V virtual Windows XP operating system?
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NetEngineerFoxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Negative, if you copy the files and folders, everything would be identical including the NIC and SID.

You can make a copy of the VHD, rename it, and create a new VM. This also leaves problems within windows.

You should do some research on sysprep.  Look it up and learn how to use it.  Build a VM install a "baseline" windows installtion, with your customizations included.  Run sysprep.  Keep this sysprepped VHD in a different location, and when you want to add more XP VM's just copy the VHD, rename it, and build the VM off of that.  It will boot and ask for the computer name, etc.

You can also dump the sysprepped image in to the system center virtual machine library for additional automation.

Bottom line is, sysprep, sysprep, sysprep.
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Sebastian TalmonConnect With a Mentor System Engineer Datacenter SolutionsCommented:

sysprep sysprep sysprep, as NetEngineerFox said ;-)

If you have many virtual operating systems to manage, the Microsoft VDI Suite could also be of interest for you: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/rds-vdi.aspx
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