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Chapter 4: Virtualization Best Practices > Virtual Machine Best Practices

Virtual Machine Best Practices

You’ve seen that you can do a significant amount of work on the host to ensure that your VMs are performing as well as possible. You can also do quite a bit of work within the VM.

In addition to sizing the VM correctly, running integration services in the VM increases performance significantly.

You can also set up a library of VHD files that have been prepared for quick deployments. If the operating systems running in the VM are Microsoft Windows, then those VHD files should be Sysprepped for hands-off deployment.

Finally, after you’ve created a library of Sysprepped images, how do you keep them up-to-date? Microsoft has a tool to help, called the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool. We’ll cover how this tool updates VHDs.


  

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