Hyper-V Program Manager
This is not strictly a virtual machine tip, but a lot of people run SysPrep on virtual machines to create base images that they can redistribute, so I do hear about this a fair bit. Normally if you run SysPrep on a virtual machine which has SQL server installed, and change the computer name in the process, SQL server will stop working (due to the name change).
It is a little known fact is that this can be corrected easily. The details on how to get SQL server back up and running after changing the computer name are available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303774
So, "You do not have to run Setup again to reset the computer name.
The preceding statement is only true if it is not a virtual server. To rename a virtual server you DO have to uninstall, and then reinstall the virtual server. "
Does this mean that no matter what, dont bother with Sysprepping a VM? Just keep the base image and always install SQL after? There has to be a better way than this...
"Virtual Server" means a named instance of SQL in this case, not a Virtual Machine contained within Microsoft Virtual Server.
It seems that SQL Server users would like to see this process described in detail.
Please see the following thread:
Thank you for posting about cloning SQL Server on virtual environments.
I have deployed , linked clone images from the parent in VMWARE LAB Manager.
does anyone have info on , how and which files are shared from parent template , that will efect the performance ?
thanks Ben. When i tried doing this. it is saying "User does not have permision to perform this action.". the Sqlexpress service is running in localsystem account and I am logged in through sql management studio as a windows authentication.. your input would be appreciated.