First published on TechNet on Mar 21, 2012
A lot more goes into a "well managed" base OS build design beyond booting from the OS media and then "Next > Next > Finish." The content of this post is the outcome of many fruitful whiteboard sessions around Windows base-OS builds. Some of this applies to physical servers only, some to virtual only but most is applicable to both. Many customer's build processes were designed/built circa Windows Server 2003 and XP or earlier. Alot has changed since then. Have a look and see if some of these points don't get you fired up about expanding and/or improving your own base OS build system/processes.
Rule #1: Document everything.
Consider creating a SharePoint site for build information/documentation
Logical/physical drive setup
Go through ALL BIOS settings and understand them
Go through ALL Controller settings and understand them
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