I am about to deploy a test virtual network with VMware ESXi server.
What are best practices for building and deploying a 100 virtual XP workstations as quickly as possible?
My conventional method of creating a new copy of a VM is by:
- Preparing the VM workstation with latest updates and SPs
- Turn off all updating
- Snapshot it
- Clone the snapshot
- copy the heck out of that clone
- Power each of them up
(but b/c it's sysprep'd, there is still a bit of a manual process to get each of them
up and running).
Is there a better way?
What about the Ultimate Deployment Appliance (http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/inside.html)?
Has anyone here used this?
Any other thoughts?