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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Provisioning Farm Members from Virtual Server Templates

VMM allows SharePoint administrators to define a library of templates and VMs that can be used to provision new SharePoint sessions. For example, a Windows Server 2008 R2 server template could be created with the right amount of memory and virtual processors, plus a pair of virtual hard drives for the OS and index files. With SharePoint 2010 binaries installed on that system, it can then be turned into a template that can be used to provision new SharePoint farm members or even entirely new farms.

VMM Template Options, shown in Figure 12.6, allow administrators to have the server created from the template automatically added to a domain, be automatically validated with a valid server key, ...

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