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From Cloud List <cloud-l...@sg.or.id>
Subject Re: Automatically initialize data-disk on Windows Server 2016 OS template
Date Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:12:04 GMT
Dear all,

Anyone who has created a Windows Server 2016 OS template on CloudStack can
advise on what's the best way to auto-initialize the data-disk upon VM
provisioning?

Any advice is highly appreciated.

Thank you.



On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Cloud List <cloud-list@sg.or.id> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I am using CloudStack 4.8.1 and KVM hypervisor. When creating my Windows
> Server 2016 OS template, I tried to automate the initialization and
> formatting of the data-disk so that it will automatically be put online,
> initialized with MBR partition, formatted and assigned the E: drive letter,
> without the user having to manually initialize the disk using Computer
> Management > Disk Management.
>
> I tried to do so by preparing 2 scripts:
>
> 1. A PowerShell script to automatically initialize and format all disks
> with RAW partition, which I am taking from here:
>
> https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/heyscriptingguy/
> 2013/05/29/use-powershell-to-initialize-raw-disks-and-to-
> partition-and-format-volumes/
>
> I saved it on C:\script\InitializePartitionFormatNewDisks.ps1.
>
> 2. A command script to automatically run the above PowerShell script when
> the Administrator user logs in. I follow the instructions on below URL:
>
> https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20575257/how-to-run-
> powershell-script-when-computer-starts
>
> to create a command script to set PowerShell execution policy to
> "unrestricted" and then run the script.
>
> ===
> PowerShell -Command "Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted" >>
> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1 PowerShell C:\script\
> InitializePartitionFormatNewDisks.ps1 >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
> ===
>
> I saved the command script onto: C:\Users\Administrator\
> AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\startup.cmd
>
> The issue I face is that the command script I put onto
> C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start
> Menu\Programs\Startup\startup.cmd is deleted during the "sysprep"
> process, as part of the Windows template creation on CloudStack as per:
>
> http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-
> administration/en/4.8/templates/_create_windows.html
>
> Is there a way I can put the startup.cmd file somewhere else so that it
> will not be deleted during the sysprep process but will still be executed
> when the VM boots up or when the Administrator user logs in? Or is there
> any better approach on how to automate the data-disk initialization?
>
> Any advice is highly appreciated.
>
> Looking forward to your reply, thank you.
>
> Cheers.
>

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