Creating and deploying virtual machines

In this recipe, we will create a virtual machine that will later be used as a template.

Getting ready

Creating a VM is straightforward. You can create a new virtual machine using an existing virtual hard disk, or you can create a machine with a blank virtual hard disk and then install the OS.

If you are creating a new VM from a blank VHD/VHDX disk, be prepared to link an ISO hosted in the VMM library or a CD/DVD drive with the OS media that is to be installed.

Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V has recently introduced Virtual Machine (VM) generation 2, which provides new benefits such as the following:

  • The PXE boot that uses the synthetic network, which means that you won't need to install the legacy network adapter anymore ...

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