Windows 2012 R2, hyper-v template ?

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
None. People rarely write instructions that are intentionally harder than they need to be... unless they work for Ikea. If there was an easier way, those references would have included it. The TechNet blog is about as authoritative and simplest you can get.

Keep in mind that creating a template is really for large datacenters. If you are a hosting procedure, you want to quickly provision a new customer's VM and automate that onboarding process. If you anticipate hundreds of VMs then a template makes sense. But if you are talking double digits or single digits, it takes more time and effort to maintain the template than it does to just install the OS.

Don't try to drive a nail into a wall to hang new artwork by using a jackhammer. Overkill, damaging, and frustrating is they only way to describe that experience.

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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
If you have SCCM 2012 or later, you can do OS Deploying to Virtual Machine. SCCM Support Offline patching. Offline Patching in SCCM in very easy.
So if you deploy a image, your VM is Always up to date.

You can update tamplate in SCVMM to. You have to do this with Virtual Machine Servicing Tool.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is a free tool that allows us to create a whole series of images to use.

Hyper-V Gen2 VMs support PXE Boot so deploying an image to a Gen2 VM becomes quite simple.

There are a lot of really good blogs and books on MDT by deployment MVPs out there.
 + Deployment Bunny (Mikael Nystrom)
 + Deployment Research (Johan Arwidmark)

Those two are probably the two best resources out there especially since I've attended some of their sessions over the years on deployment.
Prashant ShrivastavaConsultantCommented:
simply use sysprep this will help you a lot.
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