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Good sources for setting up a windows 2012 R2 template for vmware deployment

Hi all,

I am looking for some good sources on the web that give detailed steps for setting up a Windows 2012 R2 template and preparing it for deployment in a vsphere environment. Any good suggestions and/or links? We are currently migrating over to 5.5 from 5.0, but we would like to stay with VM hardware 8 for awhile. Isn't it true that VM hardware 10 will force you to use the web client?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

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C# client will allow to edit hardware 9, though it will not allow to set virtual hardware past 8, you must set 9 using web client (whew)

Hi Andrew. We do currently have a standard we follow and a rock solid golden copy of 2008 R2 we deploy from. But I was curious if there were any gotchas or things to keep in mind creating our golden copy for 2012 R2? The workstation 10 tidbit is interesting.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

No gotchas, that I'm aware of use the VMXNET3 interface, changed after installation, install VMware Tools, ensure the size of disk is adequate for 2012 R2, and any other changes you usually do to your 2008 R2 builds.
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