ESXI Generic VM

I am going to build up a ESXI server | plan is to run about 10 XP VM's -

I would like to build up 1 base XP GM - then copy that for the other 9 VM's and customize.

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yostnetAuthor Commented:
Sorry - Meant to say

I would like to build up 1 base XP VM - then copy that for the other 9 VM's and customize.
Connect to your ESXi Host, then open the Datastore


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Well, the very 1st thing that comes to mind you need to be weary of is licensing. You need to have MS XP licensing to be able to run those XP VMs.
Then, to make copies of your VM, you can use the VMware Standalone Converter tool ( or Veeam's FastSCP ( With FastSCP, you will need to run sysprep and rename each host. With Converter, that is all built into the converter tool.

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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
You can use SysPrep to customize the 9 XP VMs after creating your Master XP Template.
Use this link to download the respective SysPrep Files
1.Are you planning to use vCenter or Virtual Center to manage the ESXi Host  ?
Open the datastore              

         Virtual machines are kept in datastores. Open the relevant one.              

         You will get something like this:              

         You will have one or more virtual machines in your datastore.  These can be Linux, Windows or any other sort.         For the purpose of this exercise, the actual names are  completely irrelevant.

Create destination folder            
         Simply click on the menu bar on the yellow folder icon and  create one. Give it a logical name, similar to your         original.              

Copy files              
         From the original folder, copy the .vmx  and .vmdk         files to your destination folder. It's the simple matter of  right-clicking on the relevant files and selecting         copy and later paste. You can also copy entire contents of the  original folder if you want, including .iso         images, the memory contents and anything else.              
Register the cloned virtual machine              
         This is the tricky step. Unlike VMware Server, the  Infrastructure Client does not have the File >  Open option, allowing you to browse for existing .vmx  configuration files and         registering them. So it seems you might be stuck.              
         The answer lies in the datastore.              
         In the destination folder, where you have just created your  clone, right-click on the .vmx configuration file.         Select Add to Inventory.              

yostnetAuthor Commented:
sorry - got side-tracked - I am going to try these solutions this weekend.
yostnetAuthor Commented:
this works well - is there a way to rename all of the files to match the folder name?
Yostnet, please post a question in the VMware Zone if you have any questions.

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