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Create a ready to deploy Windows 2008 R2 Template

Here is a quick way to get a generalized VM up and running on your favorite hypervisor:

  1. Install your OS
  2. Install virtualization tools (VMware Tools, XenTools, etc.)
  3. Install patches and make necessary OS/System changes
  4. Run C:\Windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe
    • Select Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE)
    • Select¬†Shutdown
    • Click OK


  1. After the VM has been shutdown, convert it to a template
  2. To test, create a new VM from the template
  3. At boot up, Windows setup will begin
  4. When prompted, complete the setup wizard and begin using your VM