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Virtual Machine Template Build & Customization

Posted by Brajesh Panda on June 29, 2011

My notes to create a VM Template & deployment method in virtual environment!

Anything else I should do – buzz me!

  1. Gold Template Configuration  – Windows 2008 R2 STD
  • Removed virtual floppy drive & other virtual parallel devices from virtual machine configuration
  • Disabled IPv6 & other ISATAP tunnel adapters completely using registry key
  • Disabled User Access Control
  • Disabled IE Enhanced Security
  • Disabled Windows Firewall for all profiles
  • Configured Windows Update to “Download updates but let me choose whether to install them” option
  • Enabled Remote Desktop using “Allow Connection from Computers running any version of Remote Desktop” option
  • Configured Time Zone to EST
  • Disabled Server Manager Auto start at logon
  • Disabled Initial Server Configuration Window Auto Start at Logon
  • Configured Task Bar as Locked
  • Configured Best Performance Option at Computer properties – >advance –> performance tab
  • Configured IE’s Default page to Blank Page
  • Cleared C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Temp folder.
  • Defragged the C drive
  • Installed VMware Tools
  • Install McAfee Base Antivirus Software. (If we plan to deploy forefront to servers right now, we can do that too)
  • Installed SP1 & latest hotfixes
  1. Run Once script – For After deployment configurations like follows;  
  • Disables Windows Firewall for Domain Profile after domain join
  • Uncheck below check marks from Network Applet’s Local Area Connection
    • QoS Packet Scheduler
    • Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
    • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver”
    • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder
  • Install McAfee EPO Agents
  • Start Auto Windows Update from Command Prompt & Ask to whether to install or not! Hence even if the template is old, you will not forget to update the windows 😉
  1. vSphere Specification Manager
  • Asks NETBIOS name for the Virtual Machine & rename the Virtual Machine
  • Asks only IP Address for the Virtual Machine
  • Configures DNS, Gateway etc automatically
  • Generate New SID  for the virtual machine
  • Joins to Domain Automatically – For this job we need to create a permanent service account
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