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VMWare has a tool called vFabric Data Directory which allows you to automate building SQL, Postgress and Oracle servers using VMWare. Is there something simular to this that will work for Hyper-V? I was thinking of using a base Windows 2012 Core install, Sys-prepping it and running a script to install required components, but before re-inventing the wheel, is there a automated way of doing this already?

I do not have System Center in my infrastructure, and currently do not have VMM either, but if they are required, I can go down that route...

[Tweaking the question]

Just to clarify, i only need SQL Server (2008 and above) to be installed, and the Base OS. I was thinking a syspreped image of 2008 R2 or 2012 Core would do that job, its just the Automating SQL install that i have the query about...

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you'll want more then just vmm you'll need the entire system center suite to do this. It can all be done without it but its much easier with it. – tony roth Apr 16 '13 at 18:52
And depending on your needs, setting up an entire System Center may be overkill. When you say SQL, are you talking about the underlying operating system as well, or just SQL itself. – DanBig Apr 16 '13 at 18:55
and does he also need oracle, postgress etc.. if so then the system center can manage those as well. – tony roth Apr 16 '13 at 19:08
I clarified the question above, but its just SQL. the VMWare tool would be overkill for what i need (only 1 or 2 MySQL boxes, no Postgres or Oracle boxes for production...). – TiernanO Apr 16 '13 at 19:27
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Without using something System Center related, and its small volume, SysPrep'ing your machines would be a good option. Check out this link to include SQL in the prep.

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You could probably do this with Windows Deployment Services as well, which is pretty simple to set up and use.

Create your reference VM (including roles, features and applications), Sysprep it, and capture it with WDS. Then deploy the reference image to other VM's with WDS.

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