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We have to do a lot of SharePoint testing. It would be nice to be able to click a button and deploy a new virtual machine configured as a single server farm. Does anybody have a way to do this with VMWare ESX?

You can't just copy the virtual hard drive and rename the server--SharePoint does not really like being renamed. Is there a way to script the entire build of the server?

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For scripting the SharePoint deployment component, you could try SharePoint PowerShell Deploy. I'm sure using PowerShell and STSADM together will cover this well.

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Have you looked at lab manager http://www.vmware.com/products/labmanager/

Awesome utility

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