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Sysprep BizTalk Server


The System Preparation (Sysprep) tool prepares an installation of Windows for duplication, also called imaging, and enables you to capture a customized Windows image, or “golden image”, that can be reused throughout an organization.

This can be particularly beneficial when provisioning machines for a team of BizTalk developers. Installing and configuring BizTalk Server machines from scratch increases the lead time on a project. The other main advantage is the guarantee that each developer is working off a consistent configuration reducing the chances of “it works on my machine” incidents.

However, Sysprepping a BizTalk Server image is not as straightforward as Sysprepping a base Operating System image; mainly due to BizTalk Servers reliance on SQL Server.

BizTalk Server ships with some sample Sysprep scripts, but as with most samples these just serve as a foundation and require some customizations and additions. The documentation that accompanies the sample scripts is misleading in places and contains some gaps that can cause confusion.

I recently wrote an article on the TechNet Wiki that covers the steps required to Sysprep a fully configured BizTalk Server virtual machine.

The article was subsequently awarded a silver medal in the TechNet Guru Contest for January 2014.

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