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I'm running Ubuntu and I want to setup a VM in Virtualbox via Vagrant and Chef. I think what I'm missing is a .box for the Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 trial I have.

Does anyone know where I could find a .box? If not, how would I go about building a Vagrant .box for Windows Server 2008?

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I recently had to build a Vagrant .box for Windows Server 2008 R2 using Chef provisioning. I blogged about my experiences here. As Henk mentioned, you'll first need to create the basebox using a veewee template. I recommend using the windows-2008R2-serverstandard-amd64-winrm template.

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Right. But instead of veewee, I would use Packer ( these days. – Henk Oct 26 '13 at 15:31

Distributing a .box with Windows would be illegal. Public / free boxes however can be found on the site

You could try and build your own box with veewee. The author of veewee shows in this video how he built a Windows7 box: veewee does windows7, so Windows Server 2k8 might be possible too, since there are templates available from within veewee:

# veewee templates
... snip ...
vagrant basebox define '<boxname>' 'windows-2008R1-serverstandard-amd64'
vagrant basebox define '<boxname>' 'windows-2008R2-amd64'
vagrant basebox define '<boxname>' 'windows-2008R2-serverstandard-amd64'

You'll also need a W2k8 DVD or ISO-image of course.

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Would (re)distributing a box based on an evaluation version (such as the ones offered by Microsoft at Modern.IE) also be illegal? – Redsandro Apr 23 '14 at 23:27

In this git repository you find many vagrant configs and documentation. there some windows machines, too. i didn't test these, yet - but i was told they are working (and the linux configs are working for sure). if you try these it would be great if you could give a little feedback. i may need them in the future, too ;)

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