Amazon EC2 lets you bundle an instance into an AMI (Amazon Machine Image), think of it like a building a template. Then you can rapidly launch multiple instances of that image.

Is there a virtualization software I can install in-house that provides similar functionality?

I currently use Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012R2 and I could export a machine and then import it back in multiple times; but I am looking for something that can be deployed much more rapidly. I need to be able to quickly deploy 20 or more instances of the template I just built. Think scalability.

Use case:

I want to setup a Template VM with a Windows OS and install custom software that will connect to an application I am building. The custom client software will perform automated tests against the server application I am building. Once the Template VM is complete I would shut it down and then tell the {insert software name here} to launch 20 instances of the template.

After the testing is complete I may need to modify the template and then do the test again. So manually exporting and then importing it back in 20 times is not feasible.

  • There are quite a few that can do this, could you add requirements that would help narrow down the search? – Tom Mar 31 '16 at 0:09
  • I can't really think of any requirements right now for this... I am using Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012R2 and templating doesn't appear to be a feature built-in to that product. So i am looking for others that definitely have the feature. – Tim Penner Mar 31 '16 at 0:21
  • You could use virtual box and then just copy and paste a template virtual machine file. – Aiden Grossman Mar 31 '16 at 3:45
  • I suppose i could also export a Hyper-V machine and then import it again, and again, multiple times. But i am looking for something that is able to be deployed much more rapidly, like with Amazon EC2. I will update the question to better explain. – Tim Penner Mar 31 '16 at 4:16

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