Hyper-V Windows 2008 R2 template

Posted on 2011-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

I need to build 3 Windows 2008 R2's and i would love to build these from a template. Anyone got any easy steps to follow in order to do something like this?

Question by:kingcastle
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    Do you mean servers? The only way to create a template would be to set up the first server and use imaging software [such as Norton Ghost] to copy. Then, change names of new servers and re-join them to the domain. BTW, re-joining them to the domain is important in order to create new SIDs for each server, otherwise, you might be getting into the world of hurt.
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    Yeah... Or you were talking about virtual servers, and it's too late, and I can't concentrate... :-\

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    so sorry i should have added i they will be VM's on Hyper-V with the Hyper-V host being Windows 2008 R2 .

    again apologies
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    Unfortunately, I am not familiar with Hyper-V. With many VM software, I know you can simply create your first machine, create a copy of the VM hard drive file, create a new machine and just make the machine use that hard drive. Essentially, sort-of disk cloning, just faster. This could work for you, as long as you remember to change server names and re-join them to the domain, as to generate new SIDs for them.
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    You should run sysprep when finalizing your template. It takes care of SID and naming issues, as well as unique hardware IDs so that the template can be safely deployed. I setup my templete by loading the OS, the Windows 2008 R2 SP1, and any other fixes and common software. I then run sysprep and shut down the VM. The VHD file can then be copied as many times as needed and attached to new VMs. When the new VM boots from the VHD it will go through a basic setup process to prepare the OS.

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