HYPER-V: How do you create VM template.

After I create a VM of 2012 with all the updates and tweaks I need, can I save it to use as a template for addtional machines I want to create?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Yes. You can sysprep and then use your favorite image capture utility. SCVMM also provides an automated way of doing both steps, for example.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The easiest way would be to purchase and download, or trial System Center Virutal Machine Manager 2012 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-2012-r2

http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2013/10/18/scvmm-2012-r2-quickstart-deployment-guide.aspx

or, just CLONE/COPY an existing installation, once you have patched it, and use SYSPREP before deployment.

So always keep a copy.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Sysprep the MASTER VM, then create new vm's using differencing disks with the Master.vhd as the primary and then continue onwards.  

SVMMM is a good product but the initial learning curve is like looking at the top of Mt. Everest, it is in no small measure a gradual learning experience as it has a very steep learning curve.
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