VM Images replace OS Images

Thursday, April 3, 2014

VM Image is the new and improved image entity and replaces OS Images.  It includes the OS disk, and adds data disks.  Capture a VM (running or shut down) to create a VM Image.  The underlying operating system may be generalized (for example, sys prep has been run for Windows or `waagent –deprovision’ executed for Linux - like an OS Image today), or specialized (where the provisioning information remains intact).  Once captured, use a VM Image to deploy new VMs.  Think of the generalized VM Image as a model you can use to use to stamp out similar VMs, and the  specialized VM Image as a snapshot of the disks used to deploy a VM to a known good point in time.

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