Hyper V 2012 R2 Golden Image

Just throwing this out there to make sure I have my bases covered. I have created a 2012 R2 VM that I am using as a Golden server image. I want to use this to clone all other servers. So I have it updated and ready to go so I believe all that is left to do is sysprep then keep it shut off. Then I should be able to clone or copy it any time I need a new server correct.
Kelly-BradyAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
That is one way to do it, yes.
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Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
Is there another way that is better? I am always looking at better ways to do the things we have to do.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Usually automating deployments can help save time, which a simple clone doesn't do. So instead of stopping at the sysprep stage, you can use MDT, SCCM, or SCVMM (as examples) to automate updating the image with approved patches since the image was sysprepped, or joining the domain, or similar.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
use this base image (.vhd/.vhdx) and use differencing disks for subsequent servers. Note: the gui doesn't provide differencing disks unless you create the virtual disk first and then in the create vm gui select an existing disk
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Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
I am concerned with the IO load on the parent VM so is there any way to do this and have the child have it's own VHDX and not share with the parent VHDX?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
then you are left with copying the base vhdx
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Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
Ok so do the copy of the Syspreped base image and then create a new VM and attach it to the copied VHDX. Is there any possible downside to doing this?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
treat it like a cloned hard drive (which it is) the only difference is that it is a virtual hard drive and not a physical hard drive.
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Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for the great information, I appreciate it!
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