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Microsoft Virtualization Secrets by John Savill

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Creating Virtual Machine Templates and Service Templates

Because a lot of virtual machine administration is very intuitive in SCVMM, I won’t spend time covering that. Basically, all the actions you can perform in Hyper-V Manager can be done in SCVMM, and they are available through the dynamic ribbon. The following sections focus on the creation and migration of virtual machines.

Creating and Migrating Virtual Machines

Ultimately your virtual environment is there to support virtual machines, which contain the guest operating systems and applications. Creating and migrating virtual machines is a large element of your virtual management but can be simplified and automated using some of the solutions presented in this section.

New Virtual Machine Creation Options

The default synthetic network adapter does not support PXE boot because of the reliance on the VMBus and the synthetic nature of the NIC. To boot over the network the VM must have the legacy NIC, which emulates an Intel NIC.

When creating a new virtual machine, it is possible to create an empty virtual machine that could be configured entirely from scratch, or you could use a Hardware Profile from the library to set the virtual hardware, insert an operating system install ISO into the virtual DVD drive, and then perform a full operating install inside the VM. Another option is to have a legacy network adapter in the virtual machine, boot the VM from the network, and deploy an operating system to it via PXE boot. Both of ...

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