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I have noticed lately that I have been repeating the same steps for setting up new dedicated servers for our clients, which involves probably 2-4 hours of configurations, software installs, etc.

The commonality is that they are all using Server 2008 R2, and all pretty much require the exact same software/configurations.

Is it possible to create some sort of Server 2008 Image I can pack into an .iso and use for new installations rather than doing all of these things over and over again? I have tried Google searching for it in the past, but really never come up with any information on doing what I need to do.

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I opted to go with Clonezilla, as it is Free/Open-Source, but thank you all for the great suggestions! – Brett Powell Jul 21 '11 at 16:29
No problem. Good luck! – TylerShads Jul 21 '11 at 16:44
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If it works like any other OS (which it should) I believe doing sysprep in the command line and then using software like:



You can make an image file of your drive. The reason you do sysprep first is to get rid of any unique items created when Windows is installed on a computer that if you try to image ontop of another computer, will end up causing all kinds of problems. Hope this helps!

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You beat me to suggesting Acronis. +1! – RateControl Jul 21 '11 at 15:12
Been using it religiously since January, love it. In fact, using it right now to recover someone's drive. – TylerShads Jul 21 '11 at 15:18

We use Symantec System Recovery to create images much like Acronis. The image can be converted directly to a VM which is nice and you can restore to different hardware which has saved us a great deal of time if a system fails or we are moving to newer hardware. The application will indicate what drivers are needed for the new hardware.Symantec System Recovery There is a 60 day free trial.

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