Saturday, June 1, 2013

Build a basic Windows Server 2008 R2 VM, VMware

Far too often I was rebuilding Windows servers. I decided to take advantage of the templating feature within VMware. To start I needed a basic Windows server.

The Windows Server 2008 R2 Template is a basic Windows server with NIC and disk optimizations for VMware. There are no changes to the local policy. Windows Update is run several times and all updates are installed. The instructions call for CCleaner to be installed to clean up Windows Updates.

This is an essential tool in the toolbox for now but with the adoption of Server 2012 I feel it will be depreciated within a couple years.