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Hyper-V Windows 2008 R2 template

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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?

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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.

Yeah... Or you were talking about virtual servers, and it's too late, and I can't concentrate... :-\


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

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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