From there it’s simply a case of following your standard Windows installation routine.
Once installed, I’m now in the guest OS and can start configuring that.
First I disconnected the CD drive from the ISO in vMware.
Then in disk management I brought the PageFile disk online, initialised it, and then created a new partition using the whole 8GB.
I assigned this drive the letter P, and labelled it PageFile.
Once that was complete, I went into system properties, disabled the PageFile on C:\, and set a static PageFile on P:\ of 3072MB (1.5*Physical Memory).
Then, instead of rebooting right away for this to take effect I wanted to run windows update. To kill two birds with one reboot so to speak. This required entering some temporary settings on the network adaptor. I haven’t enabled DNS on the Firewall appliance as I want to run DNS internally, so I’ve temporarily assigned one of the Google DNS servers. (220.127.116.11 is so useful in these circumstances, not exactly easy to forget this IP address).
Windows update found 64 important and two optional updates. I selected to install them all.
I then went back into the main v-Sphere client and selected the option to install vMware tools on the client. Back on the guest I ran the installer.
Going with the default settings, it is pretty much a next, next, finish process. I then set the properties of IPv4 back to automatically obtain settings (despite the fact this won’t work), and performed another reboot. I disabled indexing of file contents on C:\, and performed a defragmentation. This completed very quickly thanks to being homed on the SSD’s.
In order to save disk space on the SSD’s, I also moved the template onto the SAS disk. This is accomplished by opening the Datastore browser, selecting the folder containing the template, choosing move and selecting the SAS Datastore as the destination. Once moved you need to go into the new folder, find the .vmtx file associated with the template, right clicking and choosing add to inventory.
As a final housekeeping task I removed the old template from the inventory. I’m now ready to begin deploying VM’s from this template.