I've just set up a test machine running Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with the Hyper-V role installed to learn about Hyper-V. I have created a virtual machine (Server 2008 R2) and sysprepped it go generalize it. This worked fine. I exported the image. So far so good.
What I want to do is import the image twice so I can have multiple copies of the generalized image running as VMs. When I try to do this I get an error because the VHD has the same name as the VHD already on the system. I know I can't just rename the VHD because the configuration file won't work if I do that.
What is the best way to import a sysprepped image more than once? Do I change the directory where Hyper-V looks for VMs in Hyper-V settings? If I do that will there be problems using the other VMS? Is there a better way? Sorry if this is dumb question, but this is all new to me. Thanks, Bruce
Bruce, save the generalised VHD somewhere safe. Create new VMs, in their own dedicated subfolders, and choose the option to attach VHD later. Then copy the generalised VHD into each VM's subfolder. Edit the properties of the VM and attach the VHD. Power up the VM.