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Cloning Windows Server 2012 R2 on vSphere 5.1 Update 1 ?

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Hi People,

I'm about to deploy several Windows Server 2012 R2 Std virtual machine using VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 Update 1, however, I cannot see the OS choice under the dropdown list.

Would that be a problem ?

So how can I make sure that once I successfully commissioned one Virtual machine, I can clone it so that each VM become unique guest OS to be used for Tier-1 Microsoft application server like Domain Controllers, Exchange Server 2013 and SQL Server 2012 ?
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by:Zephyr ICT
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Windows 2012 does work under vSphere ESXi 5.1 Update 1 but isn't officially supported, it is however fully supported under vSphere ESXi 5.1 Update 2 ... Do you see a posisbility to upgrade?
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by:Alex Green
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It should be there already, you may need to reboot the hosts IIRC after the update 1 install.

If you have you can install it under the windows 2008

Create a new virtual machine configured for either Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2.
Enable 3D graphics or do not install VMware's WDDM video driver.
Install Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 from Media.
Install VMware Tools.
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by:Zephyr ICT
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alexgreen312 is correct, should be there ... I'm mistaking ... Must be monday ;)
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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I DO NOT even have Windows 2012 Server R2 listed as an option on VMware vSphere 5.5.

Do you have a Windows 2012 Server option?

If so, use that option to install Windows 2012

Andy
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Abhilash earned 333 total points
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Windows 2012 R2 is officially supported with ESXi 5.1 U1.
Check this compatibilty confirmation at VMware site


You will have to use Windows 2012 64-bit for Windows 2012 R2 as of now as there is no specific option available.
This is officially put out in a KB by VMware.
Refer this
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2069889
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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ok, can I just right click and then clone it 5-10 times ?

I wonder what sort of customization that I need to do to ensure that all VMs are unique especially seen by the Domain Controller and SCCM 2007 ?
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You will need to SYSPREP, or use the Customization Specification option, which will invoke SYSPREP!
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by:Abhilash
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You will have to change the name of the machine and also other options like networking.
You have an option to change SID(s) which make the windows unique from one another.

See the list of customization specifications at
https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc%2FGUID-2481FF43-8C73-41FE-9BA0-D2676E5BC781.html
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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So how can I build the Customization template for the new Server 2012 R2 on vSphere 5.1 Update 1 ?

-- Oops :-) replying too fast.
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by:Abhilash
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When cloning for the first time you can select "Customize using the Customization wizard" and select all the changes you need. Once you reach the last step you will be prompted to save the script. Then from next one you can use the option that says use a pre-built customization specification, you can just select that. give required inputs and clone it.

You can also build a custom spec going to the customization specifications manager in vCenter home.
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Yes, create a new Customization Specification at time of initial clone.
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by:Alex Green
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You'd be better off just creating an image and then deploy that to multiple machines. Much quicker than the whole sysprep bodge.
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by:Alex Green
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by the way, I have it as an option

asdas asd
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@alexgreen312 where's the R2 then?
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by:Abhilash
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@Andrew see the link i posted. You will NOT see R2.
Here the link
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2069889

And i also feel the question that was asked is answered.
The author should ask another question as we are deviating from the actual topic.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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So I guess it shouldn't be a problem from the performance and reliability perspective ?
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by:Abhilash
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Choosing windows 2012 instead of 2012 R2?
No it will not cause any performance issues.
Once VMware releases the option you can change it when you to next version and when you have downtime for the machine.
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@Abhilash Hb I know this!

I was pointing out to alexgreen312, which posted a screenshot, stating I do!

missing the point we are discussing R2! not Windows 2012 non R2!

Templates chosen by the Wizard for the VM, do not change much for VM creation!
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by:Alex Green
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ah my bad gents, thought it was just normal 2012 :S
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