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Hyper-V Best Practices by Benedict Berger

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To GUI or not to GUI

After adding the basic parameters, it's now time to add some comfort to our Zero-Touch installation.

In Windows System Image Manager, add amd64_Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral to Pass4 and Pass7.

Edit the XML file to set your time zone settings (run tzutil /l in a Shell to get a list of all the valid time zones) and your local administrator password. Don't worry about entering a password into Windows System Image Manager; it will encrypt the password while saving the file. The following code shows how to set the regional and user information:

<settings pass="specialize"><component language="neutral" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" versionScope="nonSxS" ...

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