Deploy Pre-Configured Windows Server 8 Hyper-V VMs From A Template VHD

Windows Server 8 Hyper-V is giving me so many more cool options.  I wanted to deploy a new VM that would be a DC, DNS, and DHCP server.  I copied my template VHD, and created a VM.  Before powering up, I fired up Server Manager in Windows Server 8 and decided to add roles/features.  I added the DC, DNS, and DHCP roles to the VHD.  Then I powered up the VM.  The roles were pre-installed, and all I had to do was DCPROMO (now done in Server Manager) and configure the DHCP service.  Nice!

I haven’t checked but I guess I can automate this using Server Manager PowerShell cmdlets.  Yet more options!  Loving it!

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