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Recently I've setup multiple VMs for SharePoint 2013 development. I'm using the stand-alone installation. Now I want to create a template.

I ran sysprep and exported the machine. But when I create a new VM from it I get errors such as "Failed to detect if this server is joined to a server farm...".

Is it possible to create a VM template for a stand-alone installation? Is anyone doing this?

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You cannot template SharePoint VMs after you've run the Config Wizard. So what you can do is install SharePoint, without running the wizard, then sysprep.

An end-to-end guide has been posted on the TechNet Blogs.

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What about setting up your OS to auto run AutoSPInstaller on first boot after your SysPrep? It takes more clock time for the first boot than a template VM, but not any more interaction. What are you trying to optimize?

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