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VMWare Workstation 10 - Copying VM's

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Have VMWare WS 10 installed
Created a Win 2012 Server with a 300GB Virt Disk.
Applied all service packs, etc...
This is my "Base" VM for creating other 2012 Servers (Like an Active Directory Server, or  A File Server or Etc...)

What is the best practice for using this as a template and creating a new VM that I can rename both the VM name and the accompanying files (i.e. the VMDK, VMX, Etc...)

Any comments are appreciated, Specific details are thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks...
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Rename this VM, you have made - Golden Master or Template, and then use the CLONE function to Deploy CLONES of this Template for Deployment.

Finally, you may want to run Sysprep in the OS before to using the VM and OS, as per Microsoft Guidelines to generate new SID. (on cloned WIndows OSes!)
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I have completed steps 1 and 2

Would you by chance have a link that explains the sysprep component that you mentioned.  

I have never used that before, so I would feel more comfortable if I could read up on it before I move forward.
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To use Sysprep in a Windows 2012 Server

cd \windows\system32\sysprep

type sysprep...

see here
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-GB/library/hh824938.aspx
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Sorry, for my ignorance,

but do I run it on the "Cloned" machine after it is created or the "Template" machine before I create the clone?

Please clarify, thanks,
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You can do either.

We generally, run it on the Template.

and then, when you deploy the VM, you are ready to go, and you'll got through the original setup wizard.
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