Creating iso image from VM

Hello,
I installed Server 2008 on a VM with the purpose of installing all the windows updates and making a new ISO of it which is more up to date. What would be the best way to make an iso of the OS with all the updates for installation in the future?

Thanks,
kjs00333Asked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
If you actually look at a windows install CD (or cd image) you'll see that there is a bunch of stuff there. The installer, extra tools, miscellany stuff. Creating an ISO is just like creating *any* ISO. Create a new image, make it bootable if desired, and copy the stuff you want on it.

What you seem to want though, is to deploy a new windows image. The ISO in this regard is secondary, since it is only a collection of files. On a standard cd image (ISO), what is "installed" as Windows is also just a file that the installer knows how to unpack. It is called install.wim and is visible on the CD. *THAT* is what you want to update. Then you can create a new CD just like the old, but with an updated install WIM, or you can add other command line tools, or whatever you want to the ISO.

As far as getting your updated image into an ISO (or anywhere else for that matter)....that is what a tool called sysprep is for. Sysprep will generalize the installation so it can be installed on other machines and be activated. You then need to "capture" the final image and save it as a WIM.

For 2008, the Microsoft tool to do that is called ImageX and can be run from a bootable CD, capturing the entire sysprepped partition as a new WIM to be used on an ISO or other deployment methods (USB, WDS server, etc.)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can slipstream a Windows 2008 CDROM ISO with all the updates.

see here

http://2kr2.rt7lite.com/

or, you could just now create a template of the existing VM, and Sysprep before Production.

see here

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0
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kjs00333Author Commented:
The main reason I'm doing this is because I am migrating to a brand new Vcenter solution from the old one I have. I could make a template of this VM the way I have it set, and export it so it can be imported into my new Vcenter environment?

This would be ideal if it's possible to export and import a template VM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can Export and Import VMs.

Select File, Export

or File, Import.

Once you have imported the VM, select Convert VM to Template - done.
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kjs00333Author Commented:
I do not have the options to export a VM. I am highlighting the VM I'd like to export but only see what's on the screenshot.  Where does it export to? Local storage?

Is there a specific VMware plugin required for this?
export-options.jpg
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if the VM is on, or has snapshots, it will be greyed out.

exports it to local disk (where the vSphere Client is running from!)

e.g. workstation disks
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kjs00333Author Commented:
I have tried this while the VM was on and off.. still the same options. I see nothing to export the VM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
" I see nothing to export the VM. "

You do see there is an option, but is grayed-out? in yuor screenshot?

Export OVF Template is present but is grayed out, which usually occurs, when the VM is on.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
another method you can use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1, and create a V2V from current server to new server.
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kjs00333Author Commented:
I got my VM setup and did a clone to template option, but I do not see my template. Is there another step needed when trying to create a new VM based off that template?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to switch to VM and Template view!
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kjs00333Author Commented:
Working solution
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