Now that the supporting infrastructure has been built to support your environment's bare-metal provisioning, let's build a reference image. The term reference image is used to describe the server image you will be using as your baseline image to all your Hyper-V servers. There are many approaches and techniques you can use to build and more importantly maintain this image. I prefer to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) which is provided as a free download as a Solution Accelerator. You can download MDT 2013 from here.
Before we begin, let me describe some of the rationale to why I pick this approach.
Bare-metal provisioning with SCVMM requires a Windows Server 2012 / R2 image consisting of a VHD / VHDX file. This VHD / VHDX file can typically be developed in one of two ways:
MDT offers a way to combine both approaches. Here's why I pick it to generate a reference image for use in SCVMM bare-metal provisioning:
Now that you know why MDT is a great for your bare-metal server builds, let's see how to do this and integrate it with SCVMM. You will need to download the following components:
In the next post, we use MDT and ADK to build a reference image.
Till next time,